In the meantime, we’re still working off of last Wednesday’s interviews. I talked with senior receiver D.J. Coles briefly about coming back for a second shot at his senior season because of a knee injury. Here’s how today’s newspaper story starts:
BLACKSBURG — When Virginia Tech opened spring practice last Wednesday, receiver D.J. Coles stood on the sideline in a green, no-contact jersey, prompting fears that his balky right knee wasn’t fully healed.
Fret not. The knee is fine. Coles was just battling a virus he had contracted a few days earlier.
“Real bad timing for the spring,” he said, speaking softly with his head peeking out of a Hokies hoodie.
Forgive Virginia Tech fans for holding their breath for a second. Coles, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound senior from Maidens, is back for a fifth year, their only veteran option in a green group of receivers.
But he plans to be a full participant — or close to it — this spring, trying to get himself back in football shape after being kept out for the better part of a year with a slow-to-heal right knee that required posterior cruciate ligament surgery in the winter of 2012.
“I’m 100 percent on everything,” said Coles, who received a medical waiver to get a second shot at his senior season.