Virginia Tech starting defensive tackle Kwamaine Battle will miss the rest ofthe season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in Saturday's 21-16 loss to James Madison.
Battle, who started the first two games for the Hokies and made one tackle, will have surgery on Friday at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg.
Battle will be replaced by redshirt sophomore Antoine Hopkins in the starting lineup. The backup spot will be determined this week in practice. It’s another significant loss to a line that was already missing defensive end Chris Drager this past weekend with a knee injury.