I feel terrible for Noah Brown - a kid, it seems, who has been doing everything right since arriving on campus.
For the "replacements" in this VT game, sure the inexperience and lack of game reps is concerning, but I tend to look at it from a different perspective. They are all 4-star, highly regarded and talented kids. And, all were on the outside looking in for substantial playing time this season prior to suspension and injury. Now is their chance. They've got an opportunity right in front of them to work their butts off for the next 8-9 days in order to show the coaching staff they can be counted on in Blacksburg and going forward.
A guy like KJ Hill, who is obviously impressing in order to get his black stripe off early, now has a chance at Ohio State to possibly get time as a major contributor as a true freshman. That does not come along often. I think we'll see some young wideouts with chips on their shoulders and something to prove Labor Day night.
More importantly, what this injury really means is the Silver Bullet defense has to be cocked and loaded and ready for prime time right from the get-go this season. You cannot count on an offense filled with young skill position players putting up huge numbers against a stout defense on opening night. The defense MUST step up and lead the charge. Cause some turnovers, get after Brewster, and force VT into bad situations from the opening bell.