When the Hokies take on the Pirates on Saturday, it will be without starting cornerback Adonis Alexander.
A day after linebacker Tavante Beckett was suspended indefinitely, cornerback Adonis Alexander was left behind when the Hokies made their trip down to East Carolina. In a statement released through the football team’s Twitter page, coach Justin Fuente made it clear that Alexander has “not lived up to expectations”.
Statement from Coach Fuente pic.twitter.com/NLL3eUCShB
— VT Football (@VT_Football) September 15, 2017
It is unknown if the two suspensions are related, but it is worth noting that Beckett’s offense was marijuana-related. Alexander missed one game in 2016 for a possession charge.
It is not unlikely that this suspension carries over into next week’s matchup with Old Dominion. With the Clemson game the following week, it could be possible that Fuente uses this opportunity send a message to his team before they get into the thick of the schedule. Hopefully, that message resonates with the rest of team.
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In Alexander’s absence, that three-man rotation the Hokies are running with their corners will likely turn into almost all of the snaps going to Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson. ECU’s lack of running game and knack for falling behind should have the Pirates throwing all game, so they will be kept busy.
This suspension should not affect the Hokies’ chances at a victory on Saturday. Virginia Tech is better at every phase of the game, and the secondary is talented enough to cover for a loss.
Ideally, Alexander gets his head on straight and is back for ODU. If he is out for an extended period, however, the Hokies could be in trouble against the Clemson Tigers.