Virginia Tech’s not the only big-time FBS football program to be broadsided by a plethora of injuries of late.
After one of UA’s former coaches leaked the news a day earlier, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced that wide receiver Demetrius Wilson suffered a significant ligament tear in his knee. As a result, the senior will miss the entire 2013 season.
Wilson will undergo surgery in the middle of the upcoming week, and will use his redshirt season this year in the hopes of returning in 2014.
“Demetrius has a redshirt year opportunity in front of him. We’re truly blessed well be able to get him back for another year,” Bielema said according to Rivals.com. “He’ll actually have surgery Wednesday.”
In 2012, Wilson caught nine passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Wilson is the second experienced wide receiver the Razorbacks have lost in the past month, with Mekale McKay announcing earlier this month that he would be transferring to Cincinnati.
Unfortunately, Wilson wasn’t the only negative injury news for the Hogs.
Linebacker Otha Peters and tight end Austin Tate, Bielema said, will miss various lengths of time due to injuries as well. The former will be out 6-8 weeks after breaking his right arm, while the latter will miss a maximum of six weeks with a shoulder injury.
Both of those players are backups at their respective positions.