Wide receiver Josh Morgan and defensive end Chris Ellis have been suspended
for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, according to a press release by
HokieSports.com this morning. They were suspended for a violation of team rules,
and Frank Beamer stated that he would have no further comment on the
Morgan is Tech’s starting split end, who has 10 catches for 161 yards and
two touchdowns on the season. He has also blocked two punts on the season, one
at UNC and one against Cincinnati. His backups at split end are Justin Harper
and Josh Hyman.
Morgan’s suspension comes at the worst time. The Hokies are playing the
best defensive team they have faced so far this season, and perhaps the best
they will face all year. Tech may also be without starting flanker David Clowney,
who had an emergency appendectomy last week.
Ellis is one of Tech’s starters at defensive end, specifically the stud
position. R-sophomore Orion Martin is his primary backup. Ellis has 12 tackles
and a sack on the season, and has been playing with an injured shoulder since
the first play of the UNC game.
Hokies’ Ranking Remains Unchanged
Following their come from behind 29-13 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday,
the Hokies stayed right where they were in the polls. In the USA Today Coaches’
Poll, Tech is tied with LSU at #10, while they are ranked #11 in the A.P. Poll.
Here is a look at the ACC in the Top 25.
ACC in the Polls
The Hokies are the highest ranked team in the ACC for the second consecutive
week. From the Atlantic Division, Florida State, Clemson and Boston College are
all ranked in at least one poll, but none of them are at the top of the division
standings. That honor falls to Wake Forest, who is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the
ACC. N.C. State is also at the top. The Wolfpack are 2-2 overall, and 1-0 in ACC
play after their upset win over Boston College.
In the Coastal Division, the Hokies are at the top of the standings and are
the only team to be ranked in both polls. Georgia Tech is ranked in the A.P.
Poll, while Miami is not ranked in either poll.
Hokies Still Impressive Statistically
Virginia Tech’s defense remains one of the best in college football after
their victory over Cincinnati, and their offense ranks in the top half of the
Tech’s Offensive Stats
Through the softest part of their schedule, Tech’s offense ranks near the top
of the ACC in all of the above categories except for rushing offense. The two
biggest contributing factors to this are Tech’s soft schedule to date, and the
rest of the ACC having below average offenses as well. We’ll find out how good
Tech’s offense is soon, beginning on Saturday against a good Georgia Tech
The Hokies are near the top of the ACC, and the top of the nation, in
Tech’s Defensive Stats
The Hokies could use some improvement in rushing defense. 30th in the nation
isn’t exactly bad, it’s very good, but considering the level of competition,
it could be better. As far as the other categories, it’s hard to argue with
first in the ACC and top 10 in the nation, no matter the competition.
Volleyball Team at the Top of the ACC
The football team is not the only group of Hokies at the top of the ACC. The
volleyball team is 9-3 on the season, and 3-0 in ACC play. They are coming off
three consecutive sweeps against Virginia, North Carolina and NC State in
Their low point in the season came at a tournament at Auburn, where they lost
three straight matches to Penn State, Auburn and Arizona State, but the team has
run through the remainder of their schedule with relative ease under new head
coach Chris Riley. Riley was the former head coach at Towson, where he was CAA
Coach of the Year in 2003.
Riley led Towson to five consecutive 20 win seasons, and he appears to have
brought his winning ways to Blacksburg. The team returns to action on Tuesday,
September 26 at Virginia.