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


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.