Carter-Finley Stadium is playing host to some Thursday Night Football in the ACC, with Virginia Tech traveling to face off against North Carolina State. Both teams currently have a losing record in conference play and are looking to get back on the right track with a win. Just before kick-off, some positive news came for the Hokies to help push for that victory.
Both running back Keshawn King and wide receiver Stephen Gosnell are going through pregame warmups, according to reporters on site. In what would be a major boost for the Virginia Tech offense, seeing preparing for the game shows good signs for the 7:30 p.m. start time.
Gosnell suffered a head injury in the Oct. 1 matchup against North Carolina. Head coach Brent Pry described him as “probable” heading into the week. Now, the wide receiver looks to be on track to play against NC State.
Averaging 13.8 yards per reception, Gosnell is one of Virginia Tech’s top options. In total, he has hauled in nine catches for 124 yards. Gosnell will have the opportunity to bring home his first touchdown of the season as well on Thursday night.
Not as much certainty surrounding King. Pry described him as “questionable” on Monday but now, one of the Hokies’ top running backs will be able to contribute.
King leads Virginia Tech in rushing, having 259 yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries. He has been useful in the pass game as well, going for 93 yards and a touchdown with 13 receptions.
Virginia Tech without multiple cornerbacks
While positive news came from the offensive side, the same could not be said for the defense.
Virginia Tech will be without three cornerbacks on Thursday night. Devin Alves and Cam Johnson are out after injuring themselves during one-on-one drills during practice this week. Dorian Strong is the other player not playing, although that was expected due to a hand injury.
Pry has already seen his team have a difficult time in pass defense, giving up over 220 yards per game in the air. Having three of the program’s top cornerbacks will certainly not help. Especially in a near-must-win ACC game to get back on the right track.