Freshman cornerback Donaldven Manning remains a member of the Virginia Tech football team after meeting with head coach Frank Beamer on Wednesday afternoon, but he will not travel with the team to the Boston College game Saturday, the school said in a release.
Rumors swirled Tuesday that the Miami native was no longer with the team. He was not at practice yesterday afternoon and had a meeting with Beamer to talk about his future with the program.
A second meeting took place Wednesday, before Virginia Tech released a vague statement about Manning’s status.
“I expect Donaldven to learn from this and to have success at Virginia Tech,” Beamer said in the release, although there was no mention of what “this” was in reference to.
Virginia Tech director of football operations John Ballein confirmed in an e-mail that it was not a suspension situation for Manning, who was expected to return to practice Wednesday evening. He simply is not on the travel roster this week.
A true freshman from Miami who enrolled last January, Manning played in seven games and registered four tackles this year, with one interception.
Manning was arrested in May and charged, among other things, with possession of marijuana, although it was later dropped. The case was finalized in July, when he was found guilty of misidentifying himself to a police officer, a misdemeanor. He was given a 60-day suspended sentence and received one year of probation, although the timing of that ruling suggests it is not directly related to today’s news.
Without Manning, the Hokies’ secondary is extremely thin going to Boston College. Sophomore walk-on Carl Jackson has worked with the second team in Manning’s absence behind Antone Exum. With starter Kyle Fuller sitting out of practice early this week because of various injuries, true freshman Donovan Riley has seen an increase in practice reps with the first team.