VT Media Relations
Virginia Tech's offensive line situation is one that is relatively settled going into the Fall, but one depth player won't return. According to Andy Bitter of the Roanoake Times, redshirt junior Billy Ray Mitchell will see his Hokie career end with a medical hardship scholarship, rather than remaining an active member of the roster.
The 6-4, 285-pounder was a three-star out of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic in VT's Class of 2014. He redshirted as a true freshman, then played in mop-up duty once in 2015 and twice last year. He was not expected to figure into the starting lineup this Fall, but was a contributor to depth on the offensive front.
With three likely starters (returning starters Wyatt Teller and Eric Gallo plus potential starter Parker Osterloh) slated to graduate at the conclusion of the 2017 season, Mitchell may have had an opportunity to compete for a gig in 2018. However, injuries will prevent him from having that chance. He is expected to remain in school and earn his degree from Virginia Tech.