BLACKSBURG, VA., JULY 30 -- Virginia Tech football Coach Frank Beamer said today he has suspended two players from the Washington, D.C., area charged with malicious wounding and a third for "failure to live up to the standards expected of a Tech player."
Damien Russell, a junior safety from H.D. Woodson High School, and Jeff Gallman, a redshirt freshman tackle from DeMatha High School, were charged with the July 21 malicious wounding of fellow Virginia Tech student Bernard Jordan in Blacksburg. Beamer said the two have been suspended indefinitely pending clarification of the charges.
"This action in no way infers innocence or guilt on their part, but clears the way for the courts to handle the matter and for these young men to proceed in a proper defense," the coach said.
"It simply is not fair to Jeff and Damien or to the football team for these two players to have the distraction of being involved in the sport while they attempt to clear their names."
Russell had two pass interceptions last year and was seventh on the team in tackles with 62. Gallman has not played a down for the Hokies.
In a separate matter, the coach said Kevin Bennett, a sophomore receiver from Miami, was suspended for failure to live up to the coach's standards. Beamer would not elaborate other than to say Bennett was not involved in the July 21 incident.