Virginia Tech redshirt freshman receiver/running back Joel Caleb was suspended for the season-opening game against national champion Alabama for an unspecified violation of team rules.
“I’ve learned from this, and that’s the only comment I’ll make,” he said in a prepared statement.
The Daily News-Record of Harrisonburg reported that former Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes has enrolled at an unspecified college to focus on academics this year as he weighs a future at one of multiple schools expressing interest in him for football in 2014.
Holmes was expelled in July by Tech's judiciary board after being involved in a fight.
JMU QB out after appendectomy
James Madison sophomore starting quarterback Michael Birdsong is out indefinitely after an emergency appendectomy, which was prompted by stomach pains he incurred Monday night. Coach Mickey Matthews said Birdsong’s appendix did not burst, though.
Lafonte Thourogood, a Vanderbilt transfer from Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach, will be JMU’s No. 1 quarterback for now. JMU’s only player besides Birdsong who has been in a college game at quarterback is Dae’Quan Scott, who did so in a Wildcat formation.
Thorpe to Virginia State
Recent JMU graduate Justin Thorpe will play, and most likely start, at QB for Division II Virginia State in his sixth year of eligibility, according to the Daily News-Record.
VSU’s coach is former Hampton University player and JMU assistant Latrell Scott.
FCS coaches' poll
Two-time defending champion North Dakota State heads the Football Championship Subdivision coaches' poll.
No. 8 New Hampshire is the highest-ranked Colonial Athletic Association team, a spot ahead of Villanova.
CAA teams are No. 13 (newcomer Stony Brook), 14 (Richmond) and 15 (JMU). Bethune-Cookman, at No. 20, is the only Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference squad in the top 25.
Liberty, Norfolk State and Hampton were among numerous teams to receive votes below the top 25.