Cavaliers could get Blount back at Virginia Tech

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Joey Blount is still fifth on the Virginia defense in tackles, despite missing the last two games with an ankle injury. As of Tuesday, the sophomore safety still hasn't been ruled out for Friday's regular season finale at Virginia Tech.

Blount participated in the Cavaliers' practices on Monday evening and again Tuesday morning, according to UVA co-defensive coordinator Kelly Poppinga.

"I think it's day-by-day. We'll see how he reacts to practice and all that," Poppinga said. "But as far as me watching him today, I thought he moved around pretty well."

On his weekly radio show Tuesday night, head coach Bronco Mendenhall was asked by host Dave Koehn about the status of both Blount and quarterback Bryce Perkins, who missed a first-quarter series in Saturday's loss at Georgia Tech with his own ankle injury. Mendenhall said "every free minute, there's treatment" for both players.

"We're racing against the clock," Mendenhall said. "At opening kickoff we'll all know how healthy, and what their role is. And we'll take probably every second to do that."

Blount was injured in the second half of the Cavaliers' loss to Pitt, finishing that game on crutches on the UVA sideline. Blount has 54 tackles in nine games, and his four tackles for loss remain the most among UVA defensive backs. He's tied for second on the defense with two interceptions, and also has a pair of pass break-ups.

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