Starting Receiver Zach Luckett Suspended

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Virginia Tech’s offense suffered a blow over the weekend, when starting wide receiver Zach Luckett was charged with a DUI, according to The Roanoke Times. He has been indefinitely suspended by head coach Frank Beamer, and the Hokies will have to find another starting flanker.

Luckett, a 6-3, 217-lbs r-So. from New Jersey, caught two passes last season. He was a gunner on the punt team, where he developed into one of Virginia Tech’s many special teams standouts. He was expected to be the leader of a very young and inexperienced wide receiver corps this season.

With Luckett no longer in the equation, Virginia Tech has one r-junior, one r-freshman and three true freshmen in the playing rotation at wide receiver. The players with the most experience, r-junior Ike Whitaker and r-freshman Danny Coale, are both playing split end. It’s possible that one of them could move over into the starting flanker role.

It’s also possible that Dyrell Roberts, who is currently listed #2 at flanker, could slide up in the starting role. At this point however, it will probably be Ike Whitaker who slides into the starting lineup. He is much more experienced than Roberts, and he has been impressive since camp began, particularly in Saturday’s scrimmage.

It is now nearly certain that three true freshmen receivers will play this year, and it looks like they’ll be part of a 5-man rotation. Besides Roberts, Jarrett Boykin and Xavier Boyce are also poised to play this year.

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