RB David Wilson, S Antone Exum disciplined for breaking curfew
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.”
*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.”
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.
| January 1, 2011; 2:38 PM ET
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