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Posted at 2:38 PM ET, 01/ 1/2011

RB David Wilson, S Antone Exum disciplined for breaking curfew

By Mark Giannotto

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer announced Saturday that sophomore running back David Wilson and redshirt freshman safety Antone Exum will miss the first quarter of Monday's Orange Bowl after breaking curfew on New Year's Eve. The two were in the team's hotel here in South Florida, but not in their rooms by a 1 a.m. bed check.

In addition, both players will lose a portion of the bowl travel stipend they received before coming on the trip -- Beamer would not specify the exact amount -- and will not be allowed to attend tonight's Miami Heat-Golden State Warriors game with the rest of their teammates.

“They were in the hotel. They just weren’t in their room. I’m not gonna make more of that than it is" Beamer said. "This is a distraction, but we got another 65 or however many we’re dressing that was in their room.”

Wilson is the Hokies primary kick returner and also a part of the Hokies three-man running back rotation along with redshirt sophomore Ryan Williams and redshirt junior Darren Evans. He leads the team with 1,353 all-purpose yards and has 10 total touchdowns this season. Exum is a key contributor to Virginia Tech's nickel package on defense. He has 45 tackles and a team-high nine pass break ups this season.

Beamer said he expects senior cornerback Rashad Carmichael to replace Wilson on kickoff duty initially. During the open portion of practice Saturday, Carmichael, sophomore Jayron Hosley and freshman Kyle Fuller all took turns returning kicks.

While Beamer admitted he wasn't pleased with the actions of Wilson and Exum, he doesn't think the incident is indicative of how the team has spent the past week preparing to face No. 5 Stanford.

“I think overall the attention to detail, the kids have been doing what they’re supposed to do when they’re doing it," Beamer said. "You want your kids to enjoy themselves, have fun, be able to go to a big time basketball game. I think those are the good things. I think the other side of it that’s important is that you’re mind is on beating Stanford. That’s the big picture.”

Injury Update

*Beamer said whether Ryan Williams plays Monday will be a game time decision. One good sign was that the Manassas native did not sport a blue jersey during Saturday's practice, meaning he was cleared to take part in the entire session. His availability has taken on an even more important impact now that Wilson will be on the sidelines for at least the first quarter.

"I’d like to have seen him work a little more," Beamer said of Williams. "He worked a little yesterday, got in some drill work. I think it’s one of those things how does he feel and does it feel totally right.”

*Quarterback Tyrod Taylor (stomach virus), Hosley (ankle) and wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (hamstring) all participated fully in practice the past two days. Beamer said all three will play Monday.

I spoke briefly with Boykin about his hamstring issue. He said he tweaked it cutting off a route during practice earlier this week, but was happy with the way the injury responded Friday when he tested it out during practice.

By Mark Giannotto  | January 1, 2011; 2:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

So you're telling me the Hokies are still stupid?

Raise your hand if you're surprised.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | January 1, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse


Virginia Tech and The "U"neducated. Two thug schools.


Posted by: mortified469 | January 1, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

A minor incident, dealt with appropriately. End of Story.

To the Post: I looking at the first two comments here, PLEASE implement an IQ standard. Diesel and Mortified, go grab another BudLight.

Posted by: tradeczar | January 1, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Va. Tech disciplines its students for missing curfew, but the NCAA can't discipline Ohio State and its "scholar athletes" for selling clothing in violation of NCAA rules. The gutless NCAA may as well repeal all its rules.

Posted by: SilverSpringer1 | January 1, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

good on that coach for doing the tough, right thing.

if my kid was on that team, id rest well at night knowing he was responsible and in control of that team. good on them.

Posted by: ae-inc | January 1, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Beamer obviously has more belief in discipline than the NCAA.

Hopefully this will result in players observing curfew in the future.

As much as I like David Wilson, he needs to put the team first.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 1, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

he's fining his players money?

Posted by: Durham2 | January 2, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

For the uneducated here, both young men made a simple mistake. They weren't stealing, cheating or any of the issues that you evidently associate with "thug" schools. Stupid? David Wilson wears a tie to class. Yes, he dresses up for and attends class.

Here is something for you to smoke in your pipe. Coach Beamer just received the inaugural Joe Paterno Award which recognizes accomplishments on and off the field, including graduation rates for his players. For those keeping score, that number for Coach Beamer is 79%, which is the second highest in the country. Thug schools? I'll take my "thug" school over yours any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Posted by: JKSkins | January 2, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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