The annual arrival of spring practice means a lot of things in college football, and one of them is the reshuffling of rosters as the first offseason departures become public knowledge. Just ask Virginia Tech, which yesterday confirmed the transfers out of three players, including veteran starting linebacker Lyndell Gibson.
Gibson had amassed 119 tackles over the course of two seasons and 18 starts, but it's not hard to see why he's no longer a part of the Hokie program:
The announcement comes after Gibson's Feb. 5 arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Gibson, who would have been a redshirt junior this fall, had been charged twice previously while enrolled at Tech. He received 12 months of probation for underage purchase/possession of alcohol in 2008 and was convicted in 2009 of "interfering with property rights," a reduced charge for stealing a bicycle on campus.
Frank Beamer declined to comment on Gibson's situation, but he probably didn't need to. He did confirm that redshirt sophomore Tariq Edwards is currently the front-runner for the starting position vacated by Gibson's departure.
Beamer also confirmed that wide receiver Austin Fuller and defensive back Jacob Sykes will be transferring out of Blacksburg at the end of the semester. Neither was expected to be a major contributor this fall.
That's not to say that between the three of them, the losses haven't done some level of damage to to Tech's depth chart. But with Bud Foster still in charge of the defense and plenty of talented up-and-comers like Adams still on hand, that damage seems highly, highly likely to be minimal.