Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer announced today three players will leave the program.
During a teleconference Wednesday, Beamer said linebacker Lyndell Gibson, wide receiver Austin Fuller and defensive back Jacob Sykes would be transferring at the end of the current semester.
“Three players have notified us that they intend to transfer at the end of the current semester,” Beamer said. “Those players are Austin Fuller, Lyndell Gibson and Jacob Sykes. We certainly wish each of these guys the best of luck and will help them any way we can. That said, I will not have any further comment on this. I’ll let any further comment come from the players themselves.”
Gibson, a redshirt sophomore from Virginia Beach, started 13 games for the Hokies last season at linebacker and five games in 2009. He tallied 119 tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss over two seasons.
Gibson was also charged with DWI on Feb. 5 and had two other previous run-ins with the law. In 2008, Gibson received 12 months probation for underage possession and purchase of alcohol and in 2009 was convicted of interfering with property rights after allegedly stealing a bicycle on campus.
Fuller, also a redshirt sophomore from Richlands, Va., played in 19 games over two seasons, catching just one pass for 11 yards in his collegiate career. He started at whip linebacker, but moved to offense in 2009.
Sykes, a redshirt junior cornerback from Goldsboro, N.C., played in 33 games over three seasons with Tech. He blocked a punt against Miami in 2009 that led to a touchdown.
Beamer also indicated a number of position changes during the teleconference. Starting defensive end Chris Drager will move back to tight end, offensive guard Vinston Painter will move to offensive tackle, offensive tackle Laurence Gibson will move to offensive guard, rover James Hopper will move to running back, free safety Antone Exum will move to rover, linebacker Dominique Patterson and free safety Nick Dew will both move to whip linebacker and fullback Josh Oglesby will move back to running back.