Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said linebacker Lyndell Gibson, flanker Austin Fuller and cornerback Jacob Sykes are transferring at the end of the semester.
"We certainly wish each of these guys the best of luck and will help them in any way we can," Beamer said on his teleconference Monday to preview spring football. "With that said, I will not have any further comment on this."
Gibson, the Hokies' starting inside linebacker, was charged with a DUI in February. He would have missed spring practices because of December surgery on his left shoulder, which he broke in the first half of the ACC championship game against Florida State. Gibson had started the previous 18 games, including all 13 in 2010. He had 66 tackles last year, including six for loss and two sacks. He also had a pass breakup, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
Fuller played in 10 games last year and had one catch. Sykes, a backup, had nine tackles and two pass breakups in three seasons.
Without Gibson, Beamer said the spring depth chart at linebacker is as follows:
MIKE: Bruce Taylor, Jack Tyler, Barquell Rivers
BACKER: Tariq Edwards, Chase Williams, Telvion Clark.
"It will be interesting to see how that linebacker position works its way out," Beamer said.