Defensive coordinator Bud Foster confirmed the news on Frank Beamer‘s personal website Monday morning.
“It’s a bittersweet win because we’re really beat up,” Foster said. “And we’ve lost Bruce Taylor for the rest of the year. I hate that for Bruce and I hate that for us. He has the same injury that Jeron Gouveia-Winslow suffered (Lisfranc) and he’s scheduled for surgery this week.
“Bruce brings a lot to our defense and he’ll be missed. These injuries just keep coming and that means guys will have to continue to step up. It gets to a point where everybody on this defense better really being paying attention and getting themselves ready to be the next guy, because they very well may be the next guy.”
Taylor, a junior from Riceboro, Ga., led the Hokies with 53 tackles. He had seven tackles for a loss and six sacks. He led the team last year with 91 tackles.
He will undergo surgery this week at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg.
“Again, I hate it for Bruce because he was having an all-star season,” Foster said.
Taylor was replaced in the lineup Saturday by senior Barquell Rivers, who had a pressure on a key interception in the third quarter. The senior was a starter in 2009 before a ruptured quadriceps tendon in the offseason of 2010 set him back.
“It was good to see him step up and play and I’m sure that’ll help his confidence,” Foster said.
Sophomore Jack Tyler is another option in Taylor’s spot. He has one tackle in eight games this year but had 25 stops, including six tackles for a loss, last season.
Taylor is the third defensive starter from opening day to be lost for the year. Defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins tore his ACL against Clemson. Winslow was lost for the year because of a Lisfranc injury prior to the Wake Forest game.