BLACKSBURG, VA., OCT. 17 -- For the second time this season two Virginia Tech football players have been charged with assault and battery.
According to an athletic department statement, charges were filed Monday against defensive tackles Tom Collins of Covington, Va., and Bryan Campbell of Salem, N.H., following a fight with four other students at a fraternity party. Coach Frank Beamer has suspended Collins indefinitely and, according to the release, "will reserve judgment on Campbell until his case is heard in court." No court date has been set.
Campbell, a redshirt junior starting at left tackle, had no comment on the charges and Collins, a redshirt sophomore, could not be reached.
The four students involved in the off-campus incident are Bradford Applegate, David Guduido, Robert Deege and Scott Goodman, all members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
"We never instigated anything," said Applegate. The others could not be reached to comment. "That's the only reason we're pressing charges."
Deege sustained a broken nose. The other three students received minor scrapes and bruises.
Beamer, who talked with both players, said in the statement: "My own personal investigation of the scuffle shows that Bryan Campbell was not an active participant. I have been told by a number of witnesses that he was just trying to break up the altercation."
Early this season, safety Damien Russell and defensive tackle Jeff Gallman had similar charges against them after an off-campus fight. Beamer suspended Gallman and has postponed disciplinary action on Russell until after his trial, which is pending.