Hokies' Martin misses Gator Bowl with sprained knee

Updated: January 2, 2006, 12:56 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Virginia Tech tackle Jimmy Martin missed the Gator Bowl on Monday with a sprained right knee, leaving to a backup the job of blocking NCAA sacks leader Elvis Dumervil of Lousiville.

Left tackle Martin came in with a streak of 45 consecutive starts for the 12th-ranked Hokies. Junior Brandon Frye made his first career start.

Martin sprained the medial collateral ligament in practice Friday. He had hoped to play against No. 15 Louisville but was still limping badly during pregame warmups.

Dumervil entered the game needing five sacks to break the NCAA record of 24 set by Arizona State's Terrell Suggs in 2002.


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