Hokies lose starting center for season

Virginia Tech starting center Andrew Miller will miss the rest of the seaon after a left ankle injury he sustained in Saturday's 41-20 win over Duke, the school announced on Sunday.

This is a huge loss for the Hokies heading into Saturday's game at Clemson -- and the second half of the season.

Virginia Tech has been hanging onto its hopes of winning the Coastal Division title this year by a thread. And now it has to deal with losing its most experienced leader on an already rebuilt offensive line. Much of Virginia Tech's offensive struggles this year can be traced back to the inconsistency and lack of toughness up front. This obviously isn't going to help matters.

From the release:

Miller, the lone veteran on an offensive line that had to replace four starters from a year ago, had ankle surgery Sunday morning. He suffered a broken fibula and torn ligaments in his left ankle. With a recovery time of 4-5 months, Miller is questionable for next spring’s practice session.

Miller suffered the injury in the third quarter against Duke and was replaced by Michael Via. Via was forced into the position because backup center Caleb Farris missed Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. Miller has started the last 21 games at center for Tech and has played over 1,400 offensive snaps in his career. Virginia Tech’s depth chart along the interior offensive line is now to be determined until the status of Farris and guard David Wang (ankle/knee) is determined.