Virginia Tech linebacker Telvion Clark, who was cited over the weekend for public intoxication/swearing, has been dismissed from the football team, head coach Frank Beamer announced in a short press release Tuesday afternoon.
Clark was officially dismissed for “violations of team policies,” suggesting more than just the recent incident was to blame. The release said Beamer would have no further comment.
Clark, a rising junior from Norfolk’s Granby High, was cited in Blacksburg early Sunday morning for public intoxication/swearing, a Class 4 misdemeanor that is punishable by a maximum fine of $250. He has a May 3 court hearing in Montgomery County General District Court in Christiansburg.
The linebacker had previous discipline issues. He was one of six players sent home early on a Greyhound bus for missing the team’s New Year’s Eve curfew prior to the 2011 Orange Bowl.
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Clark finished his Hokies career having played only six games. He made six tackles.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Clark didn’t have any comment. Teammates, however, rushed to his defense on Twitter.
Safety/cornerback Antone Exum tweeted: “Telvion is part of this football team family. Why let a good person with good intentions go? He doesn’t deserve that.”
Defensive end James Gayle added: “Telvion was a good person and a great teammate and shouldn’t be depicted in the media as anything else.”
Quarterback Logan Thomas tweeted: ‘T will always be our brother no matter what! People on the outside don’t see the telvion we know and how he’s changed since being here.”
The former Granby star had 278 tackles and 17 sacks in his final two years of high school, ranked the No. 25 player in the state in 2009.
He redshirted in 2009 at Tech and played sparingly in 2010 before making a push prior to last season in August, temporarily holding the starting spot for an injured Tariq Edwards, who was dealing with a hamstring injury.
But Edwards reclaimed the job upon his return. Clark ended up playing in only four games, struggling with a high-ankle sprain. He had six tackles and a half a tackle for a loss.
With Edwards undergoing surgery Tuesday to alleviate pain for a stress fracture in his shin and facing 3-4 months of recovery time, Clark was expected to get an increased number of reps in spring drills.
Those reps will likely go to sophomore Chase Williams now.