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ACC Report: Hokies’ Manning will miss B.C. game

VIRGINIA TECH DISCIPLINES

FRESHMAN CORNERBACK MANNING

BY NATHAN WARTERS

THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Virginia Tech issued a vague statement Wednesday saying freshman cornerback Donaldven Manning will stay with the team after meeting with head coach Frank Beamer twice this week to discuss his future.

Manning will not travel with the team Saturday to Boston College, but Hokies director of football operations John Ballein told The Roanoke Times that Manning was not suspended. He will simply not be included on the travel roster.

“I expect Donaldven to learn from this and to have success at Virginia Tech,” Beamer said in a statement.

It is unclear what precipitated the talks about Manning’s future or what Beamer was referring to in his statement.

Manning’s previous legal troubles do not appear connected to recent events. He was arrested in May and charged with possession of marijuana. The charge was later dropped and his case was resolved in July when he was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of misidentifying himself to a police officer.

WAIT AND SEE

Maryland coach Randy Edsall said he’ll wait until today’s practice to determine the status of wide receiver Stefon Diggs and tailback Wes Brown for Saturday’s home game against Atlantic Division-leading Florida State.

Both freshmen missed the Terps’ last game at Clemson with ankle injuries. Diggs leads Maryland with 721 receiving yards and six touchdowns, and Brown leads the team with 396 rushing yards.

“I’m hoping that Wes and Stefon will be able to play, but again, you can only go by what you see in practice and how they respond to the injuries that they’ve had. Hopefully they’ll be out there,” Edsall said. “I will have to wait until the end of the day [today] to see where we are with them.”

COLE PROGRESSING

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman safety Michael Cole will not play this week after suffering a frightening neck injury in the team’s 28–22 loss to Florida State last Thursday.

Cole, who has started four games this season as a nickel back, was diagnosed with a sprained neck, but it looked much worse than that when he went down after suffering a blow to the head early in the third quarter.

Cole was motionless on the field and was immobilized on a stretcher before being driven off the field in an ambulance. Cole felt numbness in his upper extremities but he was conscious the entire time.

Hokies trainer Mike Goforth said Cole is showing progress, but his timetable for a return is uncertain.

“I think it’s premature to even talk about two weeks from now, to be honest with you,” Goforth told reporters Tuesday. “We just have to let it play out and see how he feels. We’re looking at this as a positive thing to this point. There’s nothing that sets off an alarm right now.”

VERNON MAKING HISTORY

Duke senior wide receiver Connor Vernon has had a record-breaking career, but he’s done it very quietly.

Vernon, the ACC’s all-time leading receiver with 257 receptions, is only 35 yards shy of breaking the ACC’s career receiving yards mark of 3,517 held by former Florida State receiver Peter Warrick.

Vernon has caught a pass in each of the 45 games of his career, which is the longest current streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision and is tied for the longest streak in ACC history with one by UNC’s Corey Holliday in 1990–93.

LOFTY COMPARISON

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has immense respect for N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon. He went as far as to compare him to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who starred for Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien when both were at Boston College.

“They put the ball in Matt’s hands, and that’s kind of what they’re doing with Glennon. He’s the playmaker. He’s the distributor,” Swinney said. “He’s done a great job, because it’s not just one guy. One of his strengths is not focusing on this guy. They’re going to throw the ball to the tight ends, the backs.”

O’Brien lauded his quarterback without throwing such lofty praise on him.

“I’m not going to compare him to an NFL guy or NFL MVP,” O’Brien said. “He has a lot of similar qualities that Matt has as far as talent, studying the game, as far as preparation goes, as far as competing, as far as things being important to him. Yeah, there’s a lot of similar traits that he has with Matt.”

Nathan Warters: 540/374-5442

nwarters@freelancestar.com

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