The Virginia Tech football roster shrank a little this weekend as a number of players announced their departure from the team.
The list included sophomore cornerback Donaldven Manning, redshirt freshman cornerback Davion Tookes, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jarontay Jones and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Adam Tarascheke.
Manning announced he was considering transferring on Saturday after defensive coordinator Bud Foster announced that freshmen Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson would be the top two corners competing for injured Antone Exum’s open spot.
On Sunday, it was officially announced that Manning was going to transfer.
Head coach Frank Beamer spoke with reporters about Manning’s decision Monday.
“If I could help him get somewhere else I’d be glad to. I think maybe another situation would be better for him. You got two freshmen that moved in (to cornerback) and did very well and I think that was part of the issue.”
Secondary coach Torrian Gray said the loss of Manning would affect the depth in the backfield.
“Hopefully we can stay healthy. Manning would have added depth to us and helped special team wise,” Gray said. “We got to stay healthy, if we get any injuries we got to be able to shift guys around.”
Tookes is another cornerback that announced he would be leaving the program. Tookes was a part of the 2012 signing class. He redshirted last season and was not expected to see any significant playing time this season.
Jones and Tarascheke were also both 2012 signees who decided to transfer. They both redshirted last season and were not expected to make a significant impact this year.
None of these three scholarship players gave a reason for their decision to leave. Head coach Frank Beamer said there were a variety of reasons that led to the players’ choices.
“Some of them are injury-wise, some of them was getting on with their school and some of them was just giving up football,” Beamer said. “It’s kind of a mixed bag in there.”
Greg Jones, a walk-on free safety, also decided to leave because of a shoulder surgery he had in the spring.
As of now Jake Goins, an offensive lineman, is not on the team due to medical reasons. There is no word yet on whether he will return.
While, Coach Beamer expressed sadness for the decisions of these players, he said he has no hard feelings toward them.
“Virginia Tech is not for everyone, college football is not for everyone. You have to be special,” Beamer said. “If there is a place that’s better for them, I’m going to help that guy. When we recruit him I want his life to turn out good whether it’s here or somewhere else.”