Divine Deablo to miss the remainder of 2017

Tim Sullivan, Editor
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Moments after recording his first career interception, Virginia Tech safety Divind Deablo suffered a tough break - literally. The 6-3, 210-pound sophomore fractured his foot against Old Dominion, and will miss the rest of the season.

Deablo played primarily at wide receiver last season, but was beginning to come into his own as a safety, racking up eight total tackles (1.5 for loss), three pass breakups and one interception, and a forced fumble through the first four games of the year. He had played extensively as the No. 2 free safety on the depth chart, and in dime packages.

With Deablo's unavailability for the rest of the year, redshirt freshman Khalil Ladler steps into the backup role at free safety behind Terrell Edmunds. Ladler has two total tackles and a forced fumble so far this year, playing almost exclusively in late-game situations with the outcome of the game already decided.

Virginia Tech suffered another season-ending injury in fall camp, when freshman wide receiver Caleb Farley suffered torn ligaments in his knee.

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