Virginia Tech CB Donaldven Manning still on football team, won’t travel to Boston College

Freshman cornerback Donaldven Manning is still a member of the Virginia Tech football team.

After Manning met with Coach Frank Beamer for the second time in two days, Beamer released a statement announcing the Miami native would remain part of the program. Manning will not, however, travel with the team for this weekend’s game at Boston College.

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

Beamer did not specify what “this” is, but Manning has had his fair share of legal troubles since enrolling early at Virginia Tech last January, according to Virginia’s online court records.

The freshman was charged with possession of marijuana, a charge that was later dropped, and falsely identifying himself to a police officer during a May 18 incident. He was found guilty of the latter charge in Montgomery County (Va.) General District Court on July 26 and his judgment included a 60-day suspended sentence, one year of probation and a $250 fine.

Manning has also been charged with three minor traffic charges during his time in Southwest Virginia.

A four-star recruit out of Miami Central High, Manning has four tackles and one interception this year. He has played sparingly on defense since getting beat for a touchdown when he replaced an injured Kyle Fuller in Virginia Tech’s loss to Cincinnati back in September.

His absence Saturday will likely thrust freshman Donovan Riley and sophomore walk-on Carl Jackson into more prominent roles, especially if the Hokies’ secondary suffers any injuries.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

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