Hokies LT Sidelined By 'Turf Toe'

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Nick Becton, listed as Virginia Tech's starting left tackle on the preseason depth chart, will be sidelined at least two weeks by a right toe injury.

Virginia Tech will play host to East Carolina in game three of the 2010 season.

The school says the 6-foot-6, 311-pound redshirt sophomore has "turf toe" -- essentially a sprained toe on his right foot. He will wear a boot to protect the injured toe.

Becton, from Wilmington, N.C., emerged during spring practice as the favorite to replace the departed Ed Wang in the critical spot on the offensive line.

The Hokies open the season against Boise State on Sept. 6 in Landover, Md., in what is expected to be a matchup of top 10 teams. The Top 25 will be released Aug. 21.

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