ACC All Access: Virginia Tech OL Brent Benedict dealing with blood clot; too early to tell if 2014 season in jeopardy

Virginia Tech offensive lineman Brent Benedict is at his parents’ home in Greenville, S.C. while he deals with a leg injury, but it’s too early to tell if it could jeopardize his 2014 season, according to Tech trainer Mike Goforth.

Goforth, who was contacted Saturday morning, didn’t offer further details regarding Benedict’s leg. Tech's athletic department released a statement that said Benedict, a 6-foot-5, 302-pound senior, suffered a left ankle injury during spring practices and developed a deep venous thrombosis after spring practices ended. J.C. Shurburtt of first reported news of Benedict’s status early Saturday morning.

Deep venous thrombosis is a blood clot in a deep vein, typically in the legs. Symptoms can include swelling, redness, pain and warmth to the touch, but the condition can be accompanied by potentially life-threatening complications.

Benedict, who played in high school at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., had an older brother, Heath, who died in 2008 in Jacksonville of an enlarged heart. Heath played on the offensive line at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C.

Earlier reports that Brent is currently in the hospital were incorrect. He was listed as a backup at both left guard and left tackle at points during the spring.

Last season, he played in all 13 of Tech’s games, starting seven at right tackle. He also played in 13 games in 2012 for Tech, starting six.

Brent transferred to Tech in ’11 after starting his college career at Georgia. He sat out the ’11 season per NCAA transfer rules.


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