DAVIE, Fla. -- Virginia Tech running back David Wilson and safety Antone Exum will miss the first quarter of the Discover Orange Bowl against Stanford because they were not in their hotel rooms by the 1 a.m. curfew on New Year's Eve, coach Frank Beamer said at practice Saturday.
“We’re going to keep them out of the first quarter of the ball game, take some of their travel money, and that will be the end of that,” Beamer said. “The good thing is they were in their hotel, the bad thing is they were out of their room. They knew they needed to be in there.”
“It’s something you’re bothering with," he said. "This is our Thursday practice, and that’s the first thing you’re facing here in the morning. It’s a distraction. We’ve got another 65 or however many we’re dressing out that was in their room. … I’m not going to make more of that than it is.”
Beamer said Rashad Carmichael will take over for Wilson as the Hokies' kick returner. Beamer said running back Ryan Williams (hamstring) will be a game-time decision. Saturday was the first day Williams was cleared for full-contact. Running backs coach Billy Hite said he thinks Williams will play.
"He ran so much better yesterday," Hite said. "I think we're going to have to wait and see where he is before the game. Right now I plan on playing Ryan."
If that's the case, the Hokies will survive the first quarter without Wilson.