While Virginia Tech will get one defensive star back from injury against Boston College on Saturday, another is out.
The Hokies released their injury report Thursday. Defensive end James Gayle, who missed the Wake Forest game with an ankle injury, wasn’t on it. A tweet from Frank Beamer‘s personal website late Thursday night said Gayle will start.
But cornerback Jayron Hosley will not dress because of a hamstring issue, according to a another late night tweet from Beamer’s site.
Tight end Eric Martin (shoulder), offensive tackle Mark Shuman (knee/ankle) and guard David Wang (foot) are listed as out. Backup wide receiver E.L. Smiling is listed as out for the season with a wrist injury.
Gayle, who injured his ankle on the first series of the Miami game, had been in a blue, limited contact jersey earlier this week but did more with each day of practice.
“It’s a whole lot better than last week,” he said Tuesday.
The sophomore leads Virginia Tech with 6.5 tackles for a loss and is second with 3.5 sacks.
Hosley, who pulled his hamstring after giving up a 79-yard touchdown pass on Wake Forest’s third drive last Saturday, was originally listed as doubtful on the injury report but later ruled out. He wasn’t optimistic about playing earlier this week.
“I’m just trying to take it slow and trying to get it healed first,” the All-American said. “I want to be 100 before I actually go out there.”
Redshirt freshman Detrick Bonner will start in his place. Bonner made seven tackles and had a pass breakup in relief duty against the Deacons.
Neither wide receiver D.J. Coles (ankle) nor guard Greg Nosal (unknown) were on the injury report. They were in blue jerseys earlier this week in practice.