Colleague Courtney Cutright spoke with safety Michael Cole‘s parents yesterday about the harrowing couple of minutes as their son lie motionless on the ground at the end of a play in the third quarter Thursday night. Read the story here.
Cole appears to be OK. After the game, Tech said Cole,a former Cave Spring standout, suffered a cervical neck sprain. He never lost consciousness on the field but had neck pain and numbness in his upper extremities. The Hokies’ medical staff stabilized him to a spine board and an ambulance took him to LewsiGale Montgomery Hospital for further testing.
A CT scan at the hospital did not show a fracture and Cole was discharged to go home Thursday night.
A few things of note from the story:
- Tech officials Friday afternoon said additional testing won’t be completed until this weekend. It likely will be Monday afternoon before an update on Cole’s playing status is available.
- Cole’s father said his son was advised to still wear a cervical collar to provide neck support even though he’s out of the hospital.
- A biology major on a premed track, Cole still attended his organic chemistry class Friday.
Cole offered this Twitter update yesterday: “Feels good to walk and move today..scary #Blessed #God”
On a different note, Mark Berman has a follow up story to the defense’s struggles on Florida State’s two-minute drive the end, a situation that gave the Hokies trouble against Cincinnati earlier this year.