The Virginia Tech Hokies have ruled out safety Terrell Edmunds for the remainder of the season after the redshirt junior underwent surgery to repair a shoulder injury, head coach Justin Fuente confirmed on Tuesday.
“Terrell has battled through this condition for much of the season without missing any playing time,” Fuente said in a statement distributed by the program. “After further evaluation, our medical staff, Terrell and his family all agreed that the most prudent course of action was to undergo surgery and begin the rehab process as soon as possible. We look forward to Terrell making a complete recovery.”
It’s another blow to the Hokies secondary, which already watched Divine Deablo go down with a season-ending injury earlier in the year.
Edmunds recorded 59 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions on the year. The 6-2 defensive back earned playing time early on with the program, starting in eight of his 13 appearances as a redshirt freshman in 2015-16. Over that campaign, he racked up 34 total tackles, seven pass breakups and one blocked kick. Last season, Edmunds broke out to the tune of 89 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and four interceptions. Edmunds arrived to Blacksburg as thre-star recruit out of nearby Ringgold, Virginia. He was rated the No. 86 cornerback and No. 29 overall player out of the state of Virginia by 247Sports, but has since molded into a mainstay with the ACC affiliate.
After starting the year 7-1, Virginia Tech enters Week 12 off back-to-back losses. The Hokies will host the Pitt Panthers on Saturday before closing out the regular season with an in-state battle against the Virginia Cavaliers.