BLACKSBURG, Va. — Defensive end Chad Thomas, who was listed as questionable on Miami’s injury report, did not travel with the Hurricanes yesterday and will not play in Thursday’s game at Virginia Tech, a source told The Post.
The absence of Thomas, a junior, means Miami will be without both its starting defensive ends against the Hokies (7 p.m., ESPN). Redshirt sophomore Demetrius Jackson (knee) was ruled out on Tuesday. Like Jackson, defensive tackle Gerald Willis and end Scott Patchan were also ruled out with “lower extremity” injuries. Willis has a sprained MCL. Patchan had meniscus surgery.
Starting cornerback Sheldrick Redwine, as reported last night, also stayed home. The reason for that is unclear.
Miami will be missing both starting defensive ends (Thomas, D. Jackson), a starting cornerback (Redwine), a key backup defensive tackle (Willis) and a reserve defensive end (Patchan).
The Hurricanes, who already start a trio of true freshmen at linebacker, will start true freshman defensive end Joe Jackson in Thomas’ place, and junior Trent Harris opposite him. True freshman Pat Bethel and Anthony Moten, a junior defensive tackle, are the backups at end.
Grad student Adrian Colbert, who started the season opener before having minor knee surgery last month, will regain his starting spot opposite senior Corn Elder (who also plays a lot of nickel back; if Miami wants to keep him in that role, it would likely mean more work for true freshman Malek Young or sophomore Michael Jackson at corner). Sophomore safety Jaquan Johnson, the usual dime back, is another option at nickel.