Nate Lyles is back and cleared for practice at Virginia.
Virginia football coach Al Groh sat down with the media Friday just hours ahead of his team’s first practice of the fall and a familiar theme carried through – there are plenty of questions to answer and training camp is the place to answer them. With that said, Groh did have updated information on some players of interest: Nate Lyles , Tony Franklin, D.J. Bell, and Eugene Monroe .
“Like all teams at the start of training camp, there are answers to questions that we’re pursuing. That’s a common thing and happens with football teams on all levels,” Groh said. “The cycle of replacement is a short one in college football so every year we go into training camp looking for answers. That’s part of what camp is for and that’s what we’re anxious to get started on today.”
Lyles (injury), Franklin (suspension), and Monroe (injury) are all fully cleared to participate, starting with today’s practice. Bell, meanwhile, rejoins the team after working in Charlottesville last season while taking a leave of absence from school. Lyle and Franklin bolster the defensive secondary, while Bell and Monroe should help the offensive line – Bell is currently expected to work at offensive guard.
Of the quartet, the most questions surrounded Lyles and Franklin. Lyles left last November’s Georgia Tech game on stretcher and underwent surgery on his neck afterward. The rehabilitation road has been a long one, but Lyles has been fully cleared for practice. Groh was at the recent meeting with the surgeon, who works in the University system.
“It was very informative that’s for sure. I was very impressed with the surgeon, not only how he could explain it so I could understand it but also the way he could present it in a very factual, definitive, and calming way was very good for everybody, certainly
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