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Coles out, will seek fifth year

Virginia Tech wide receiver D.J. Coles will undergo an MRI on his knee and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season, head athletic trainer Mike Goforth announced on Thursday. 

Coles had offseason PCL surgery on his right knee, but returned for Monday’s Hokies opener vs. Georgia Tech. He injured the right knee again in the first quarter after catching a 7-yard pass that was erased by penalty.

Because Coles has not played in more than 30 percent of this year’s season, he will be eligible to apply for a medical hardship waiver at the conclusion of the season. Coles has not redshirted, so provided the medical hardship waiver is granted, he will be eligible to return next year for a fifth season. It would be unprecedented for the NCAA not to grant Coles the fifth season.

Coles has played in 37 games for his career, starting three, and has 39 receptions for 507 yards and three touchdowns.

Look for Corey Fuller, Demetri Knowles and Dyrell Roberts to receive more reps at wide receiver. Fuller had a huge game in the 20-17 overtime win against the Yellow Jackets, catching five passes for 82 yards, while Knowles caught a 42-yard touchdown in his Hokies debut.

The news of Coles being out for the season and potentially redshirting first surfaced on The Tunnel message board on Wednesday evening.

No. 15 Virginia Tech plays host to Austin Peay at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised by ESPN3.

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