Virginia Tech starting QB Hendon Hooker, 22 others out tonight against NC State

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Virginia Tech starting quarterback Hendon Hooker was one of 23 players who will not play tonight versus N.C. State.

Just before kickoff, it was announced in the pressbox that the players, as well as two assistant coaches, would not be available for their opener against the Wolfpack.

Virginia Tech has had two games postponed because of COVID-19 outbreaks within its football program. Earlier this week, head coach Justin Fuente told the press he didn’t know if he would have an entire roster against N.C. State.

Hooker, a Greensboro native, is a big loss for the offense. The redshirt junior led the team in total offense (1,911 yards) and had 18 touchdowns a year ago.

Other players missing from the offense will be Darryle Simmons, Peyton Kemmerlin, Terius Wheatley, Keshawn King, Jalen Hampton, Nikia Peerman, Silas Dzansi, T.J. Jackson, Dallan Wright, Jaden Payoute, Elijah Bowick and Conner Dusenbury.

On defense the Hokies will be without Tyree Rodgers, Ny’Quee Hawkins Jermaine Waller, Nasir Peoples, John Ransom, Matt Johnson, Trey Maxwell and Derrell Bailey.

Tech will also be without defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton.

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