Virginia Tech’s secondary will have to get to the finish line this year without one of its key contributors.

The Hokies announced Tuesday that junior free safety Terrell Edmunds will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his ailing left shoulder.

“Terrell has battled through this condition for much of the season without missing much playing time,” head coach Justin Fuente said in a release. “After further evaluation, our medical staff, Terrell and his family all agreed that the most prudent course of action was to undergo surgery and begin the rehab process as soon as possible. We look forward to Terrell making a complete recovery.”

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound redshirt junior was the lifeblood of a Virginia Tech secondary that ranks 14th nationally in passing defense, allowing only 174.9 yards per game.

Edmunds, the middle brother of the talented trio from Danville, is fourth on Tech’s defense in tackles with 59, to go with 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and six passes defended, not to mention his contributions on several of the Hokies’ special teams.

But his leadership qualities might be missed just as much as that production, since Edmunds served as one of the chief play-callers on the back end of Bud Foster’s defense and was one of the more vocal leaders on the team.