Farley, a freshman wide receiver for the Hokies, sustained the non-contact injury during practice Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Farley was in the mix for playing time following the losses of Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges from last season, two of Virginia Tech’s top three receivers.
“(Farley)’s a guy that can make plays that we’re going to have to find a way to use him,” offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen told Bitter on Monday.
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247Sports.com’s composite rankings pegged Farley as a three-star recruit. The site ranked him as the 27th-best “athlete” in the 2017 recruiting class and the 10th-best prospect overall from North Carolina.
Farley enrolled at Virginia Tech for the spring semester and began practicing at defensive back before moving to wide receiver a week before the spring game, per Bitter. He picked up 61 receiving yards and 16 rushing yards in the game.
With Farley out for the year, the Hokies’ wide receivers group is even more up in the air. Senior Cam Phillips caught 76 passes for 983 yards and five touchdowns last season, but Virginia Tech doesn’t return anyone else who racked up more than 18 receptions.
The rest of the Hokies’ options include redshirt junior C.J. Carroll, who caught 18 passes for 258 yards last season, Ohio State graduate transfer James Clark and junior Henri Murphy, who caught three passes in 2016. Sophomore Eric Kumah, redshirt freshman Phil Patterson and freshmen Kalil Pimpleton, Sean Savoy and Hezekiah Grimsley all have a combined zero catches in college.