Hokies safety taken off field in ambulance

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A Virginia Tech
player taken off the field in an ambulance Thursday night suffered no
serious injuries, the team’s head trainer said.

Safety Michael Cole lay motionless on
the field for nearly 10 minutes in the third quarter of the Hokies’ game
against No. 8 Florida State.

“Michael Cole suffered a cervical neck
sprain this evening,” head trainer Mike Goforth said in a statement
released after the game. “He was conscious on the field, able to move
all extremities, but had neck pain and numbness in the upper
extremities.”

Goforth said a CT scan was negative for any fracture and Cole was to be released from LewisGale Montgomery Hospital.

Replays showed Cole’s head apparently crashing into the side of a Seminoles player on an 11-yard run by Lonnie Pryer.

During the 10-minute delay, most in the
crowd stood watching in silence. When the redshirt freshman was placed
on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance on the playing field, people
in the crowd chanted “Let’s Go Hokies! Let’s Go Hokies!” as the
ambulance drove away.