Posted by Chip Patterson
As Virginia Tech prepares for the greatest test of their 11 game win streak against Stanford in the Orange Bowl, the last thing that head coach Frank Beamer wants to do is doubt his team's focus. ESPN.com's Heather Dinich reported Saturday that two Virginia Tech players have been suspended for the first quarter of Monday's Orange Bowl for missing their 1 a.m. curfew on New Years Eve. Running back David Wilson and safety Antone Exum will miss the first quarter of the Orange Bowl as punishment for missing curfew.
“We’re going to keep them out of the first quarter of the ball game, take some of their travel money, and that will be the end of that,” Beamer said regarding the suspensions. “The good thing is they were in their hotel, the bad thing is they were out of their room. They knew they needed to be in there.”
Wilson is a crucial part of the return game, and also the next in line behind Ryan Williams and Darren Evans. With Williams a game-time decision due to a re-aggravated hamstring, the suspension could result in a heavy load early for Evans. Wilson is expected to be replaced in the return game by talented defensive back Rashad Carmichael. Exum is listed second on the Virginia Tech two-deep depth chart, and has played in all 13 games this season.