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ACC All Access: How will Virginia Tech try to compensate for the loss of center Andrew Miller for the season?

Virginia Tech’s offensive line depth issues became even more acute Sunday when Tech’s athletic department announced starting center Andrew Miller will miss the rest of the season due to a fractured left fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle.

Miller left Tech’s 41-20 win Saturday against Duke with 11:24 left in the third quarter and didn’t return to the game. After having surgery Sunday morning to repair a Maisonneuve fracture (spiral fracture that also involves tearing of ligaments), Miller is expected to be out the next four-to-five months, which makes him questionable to be able to participate in spring practice.

Miller, a junior from Bassett, has already burned his redshirt year. He was replaced in the third quarter by Michael Via, who slid over from left guard. Via had trouble on at least two second half center-quarterback exchanges with Logan Thomas.

Via, who started the first six games of the season at right guard, was getting his first start at left guard in place of regular starter David Wang. Wang was out with an ankle injury on one leg and a knee injury on his other leg.

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In addition to the injury reports on Miller and Wang, Tech (4-3 overall, 2-1 ACC) isn’t expecting to get backup center Caleb Farris back for next Saturday’s game at No. 14 Clemson, according to information trainer Mike Goforth provided coach Frank Beamer’s website. Farris is dealing with a sprained ankle and may not be ready to return for another week or two.

When Via moved over to center against Duke, Tech put Matt Arkema at left guard. Brent Benedict got his first start of the season at right guard. It seems likely that’s the interior trio Tech will go with at Clemson.

There’s no clear-cut answer regarding a backup to Via at center for the Clemson game. Jack Willenbrock is listed as a deep backup at center on the depth chart, but he’s a true freshman Tech would obviously prefer to redshirt at this stage.

In other injury news, Goforth told Beamer’s website the shoulder injury wide receiver Marcus Davis sustained on his 47-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter against Duke isn’t serious. It shouldn’t cause any further issues.

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