Virginia Tech suspended sophomore linebacker Tavante Beckett indefinitely from practice, competition and team-related activities on Monday.
It’s unclear the reason for the suspension. The Hokies offered no further comment on the situation, but they’ll certainly be without one of the team’s upcoming reserves this weekend at East Carolina.
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Beckett, a 5-foot-10, 211-pound sophomore from Chesapeake, served as the backup mike linebacker to starter Andrew Motuapuaka. He played in the Hokies’ first two games this season but did not register a tackle. He made six tackles last year after playing mostly on special teams.
Virginia Tech had been grooming Beckett to possibly take over the mike position next season after Motuapuaka’s graduation.
In Beckett’s absence, the Hokies are likely to turn to senior Sean Huelskamp, who has backed up at the mike position before. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior was coming back from a knee injury in the spring but has played in 22 career games, making 26 tackles and 3.5 tackles for a loss. He started at East Carolina two years ago when Motuapuaka was dealing with a knee injury.