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Hokies' Adonis Alexander and Houshun Gaines Suspended

The Hokies will be down 2 players for the start of the 2016 football season.

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On Tuesday, it was announced that sophomore DB Adonis Alexander would have to serve a suspension because of a violation of team rules. It's a very unfortunate situation, especially for a team already stretched thin in the secondary. Alexander was a versatile piece on defense that could either play cornerback or safety in a pinch (did both in the spring game). He also looked to make strides in the offseason and build upon a solid 4-INT freshman season.

The Hokies now have to replace a starter for at least the beginning of the season, maybe even longer depending on how long the suspension lasts. The secondary does a have a few guys with experience, however. Cornerback Brandon Facyson is locked in on one side of the formation. Chuck Clark and Mook Reynolds both have experience at safety, and Terrell Edmunds showed his potential at the end of last season. Nevertheless, it will be a challenge for the Hokies' defensive staff to mix-and-match and come up with a solution.

Houshun Gaines was also suspended.  There were no further comments from Coach Justin Fuente.

UPDATE:11:07 AM Roanoke Time's Andy Bitter reporting Alexander was cited for marijuana possession.