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Virginia Tech suspends RB McKenzie for opener vs. Buckeyes


It seems Ohio State will not be the only team on the field in Blacksburg a bit undermanned. Virginia Tech will also have a player suspended. Running back Shai McKenzie will sit out of the first game of the season against the Buckeyes after being suspended by the team.

McKenzie was suspended from all team activities earlier this summer after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. More recently, McKenzie was sentenced to 15 days in jail for the misdemeanor consensual sex with a minor charge. He has since been reinstated by the team, but will serve his time in Week 1.

Ohio State has suspended four players for the contest; defensive end Joey Bosa, H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson and wide receiver Corey Smith for the season-opener to be played on Labor Day night. Virginia Tech was the only team to hand Ohio State a loss last season, doing so in Columbus. Ohio State rallied and improved through the course of the regular season and was prepared for a magical postseason run even with third-string quarterback Cardale Jones having to step in.

Hokies RB McKenzie sentenced to 15 days in jail for misdemeanor sex charge


Virgina Tech running back Shai McKenzie has been sentenced to spend 15 days in jail after being ruled guilty of having consensual sex with a minor.

McKenzie was found guilty of the misdemeanor charge on Thursday in a district court in Virginia. In addition to spending 15 days in jail, McKenzie will also have to fulfill 50 hours of community service. His jail sentence is expected to begin a week from today, on July 17 according to a report from WDBJ-TV.

Virginia Tech indefinitely suspended McKenzie in early March after the back was charged with the misdemeanor offenses. As of now, he still remains a part of the program while serving suspension. There is no indication he will be removed from the team at this time.

McKenzie was Virginia Tech’s second-leading rusher last season, with 269 rushing yards. A torn ACL ended his season earlier than expected.

VT’s Shai McKenzie suspended following charges involving a minor


After a rather passive incident led to us resetting the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker, an incident a little more serious in nature added to the legal roll.

The Roanoke Times is reporting that running back Shai McKenzie was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of  a minor following an incident that occurred last month.  Both of those charges are misdemeanors.

An 18-year-old Tech student, Devin Gavion, was charged with a felony after both he and McKenzie were investigated for carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13 and 15, an investigation that remains ongoing. From the Times’ account of the warrants filed against both McKenzie and Gavion:

Police obtained a warrant for McKenzie and Gavion’s DNA on Feb. 27 after two girls, one 15 years old and another 14, met two adult males using social media, who they later identified as McKenzie and Gavion.

The warrant states that an investigation included information that the group met at a home in Christiansburg “and it was revealed” they “had sexual intercourse” between Feb. 11 and Feb. 15. Four condoms were also recovered from the residence, according to the warrant.

As a result of the charges, McKenzie has been indefinitely suspended from the football program by head coach Frank Beamer.

“We are aware of the situation and misdemeanor arrest. We take these matters seriously,” Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement to the paper. “Coach Beamer has suspended Shai indefinitely from all team related activities as of yesterday. It’s in the hands of the proper authorities and we will respect the process.”

McKenzie, a four-star member of Tech’s 2014 recruiting class, was second on the team in rushing with 269 yards  when he tore an ACL in late September.  He was expected to be a limited participant during spring practice but return healthy for the start of summer camp.

Hokies may have a running back-hating god; Williams done for 2014 with torn ACL


An injury-riddled season has come to an unfortunate end for Virginia Tech running back Marshawn Williams. The talented freshman running back torn his left ACL in a win against Duke on Saturday. The injury will bring a premature ending to his freshman season and is expected to keep him out of spring practices. Virginia Tech trainer Mike Goforth made the announcement on Tuesday.

According to a release from the Virginia Tech athletics department, team doctors will wait for swelling to go down in Williams’ left knee before moving forward with any operations in the coming weeks. Williams played in nine games this season and started eight of those games. Despite spraining his ankle in an early-October game against North Carolina to held him back for a brief period of time, Williams is Virginia Tech’s leading rusher with 475 yards this season. He has scored four touchdowns as well.

Virginia Tech has not had much luck with running backs this season. Shai McKenzie tore his right ACL in September to end his season as it was just getting started. Trey Edmunds has not returned to the field after breaking his clavicle in October as well.

Virginia Tech takes on Wake Forest this weekend in ACC play. The Hokies currently have J.C. Coleman listed as a starter at tailback on the team’s most recent depth chart. Jerome Wright and Joel Caleb are listed as back-ups. Coleman is third on the team this fall with 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Caleb and Wright have combined for an additional 108 rushing yards.

If believing in gods is your thing, send a prayer to the Angry Running Back Hating God that is looking over Virginai Tech this week.

Hokies won’t have leading rusher for Pitt game

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You can officially scratch one of Virginia Tech’s most productive offensive performers from your Week 8 playlist.

Tuesday, Tech confirmed that Marshawn Williams will not play in Thursday’s ACC game against Pittsburgh because of injury. The running back sprained his ankle in the Oct. 4 win over North Carolina and, despite a bye last weekend, won’t be available for the prime-time affair tomorrow night.

Williams continues a debilitating injury trend at the position, with the Roanoke TimesAndy Bitter noting that Tech “has lost its top three running backsShai McKenzie (torn ACL), Trey Edmunds (broken clavicle) and now Williams — in the last two games.”

Through six games, Williams leads the Hokies in rushing yards with 337, while McKenzie is second with 269 despite the serious knee injury sustained late last month. Those two backs are tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns apiece.

Edmunds, rounding out the injury woes, is third with 86 yards rushing. Last year, Edmunds was Tech’s leading rusher.

J.C. Coleman, who was third in rushing yards in 2013 (284), will be one of the ones expected to pick up a significant portion of the running-game load. Thus far this season, Coleman has 61 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.