Brent Benedict, a versatile starting offensive lineman for the Hokies, might have to forfeit the rest of his football career due to a newly found blood clot in his leg.
In the 2013-2014 season, Benedict played in 11 games and started seven of those playing in a total of 610 plays with 569 of those plays coming from the offensive line.
Benedict was predicted to continue his football career with the Hokies in the 2014-2015 season, but a newly found blood clot has spread from his leg into his heart and lungs and might prevent Benedict from playing football again.
Benedict suffers from a deep venous thrombosis: a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside a certain part of the body, usually affecting the large veins in the lower leg and thigh. These bloods clots are most often found in adults over the age of 60.
Blood clots are most often formed when something slows or changes the flow of blood in a person’s veins. A high-risk factor of blood clots comes from recent injuries in a person. Benedict had faced a knee injury in the early spring that potentially could be the reason for the clot.
The news came as shock to the Virginia Tech community who had seen Benedict on a majority of the Hokies offensive plays in the 2013-2014 season.
Following a transfer from the University of Georgia, Benedict had played in 24 games for the Hokies, starting 12. He was projected to provide valuable experience for the offensive line in the coming season by being able to play both guard and right tackle.
If Benedict could have accomplished a good senior season with no injuries he would have been a strong candidate to play in NFL with his diversity in play and large stature.
Since the news of his blood clot, Benedict has been resting in his parent’s home in Greenville, South Carolina.