Cane fans, even more bad news for the Hurricanes, per UM, in addition to University of Miami defensive tackle Marcus Forston suffering a non-contact knee injury during practice on Wednesday (Oct. 5) and being out for the remainder of the season.
This just released in UM's injury report: D-linemen Luther Robinson (tackle) and Jalen Grimble (end/tackle) have "lower extremity'' injuries and are out this week for Virginia Tech game.
Forston, the junior Miami native, had five total tackles and a sack in three games as a starter this season. Forston earned a medical redshirt following the 2009 season, in which he played in three games but did not record a tackle. He still has one year of eligibility remaining and will be a senior in 2012.
Forston is the second defensive starter to suffer a season ending injury in the last week. LB Ramon Buchanon was injured in the Bethune-Cookman game and will miss the remainder of the 2011 season. Coach Golden said that he is hopeful Buchanon will receive a medical-hardship and be able to compete in 2012.
Also out for the season with injuries are TE Cory White, OL Eric Lichter, TE Blake Ayles and DL Curtis Porter.
OK, so the Canes, who play at No. 21 Virginia Tech, are getting too used to facing adversity. Now we know that moving Adewale Ojomo to defensive tackle was the right thing to do. The Hurricanes also lost fellow defensive tackle Curtis Porter to the season, something that was announced last week. Porter didn't play at all this season.
You have to feel horrible for Forston, who really was determined to make a comeback this season. Actually, that whole defensive line is in dire need of some help.
UM was almost done getting all its suspended players back, too. Two more games before defensive end Olivier Vernon returns from suspension. The Canes need him badly. Vernon will be back for Georgia Tech.
For those who still don't know, the Hokies this week also lost starting defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins for the rest of the season.
--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN