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Hokies LB Telvion Clark dismissed from team after St. Patrick’s Day arrest (updated)

(Updated 4 p.m Tuesday)

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer announced Tuesday afternoon that linebacker Telvion Clark has been dismissed from the team for “violations of team policies” after he was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day. Beamer said he will have no further comment on the matter.

Clark, 21, was arrested for public swearing and intoxication in Blacksburg Saturday and released Sunday on his own recognizance, according to the Montgomery County General District Court online case information system. The Norfolk native faces a May 3 hearing in court and the misdemeanor charge carries a maximum fine of $250.

As a redshirt sophomore, Clark played in four games and had five tackles last season, but was due to see increased reps in spring practice with linebacker Tariq Edwards out three to four months after undergoing surgery to insert a rod in his shin. Clark was hampered by a hamstring injury at times during this past season, limiting his effectiveness.

During fall training camp, defensive coordinator Bud Foster raved about his maturity and improved play as he made a late charge to overseat Edwards to become the team’s starter at the backer position. As a redshirt freshman, Clark was one of six players sent home on a bus from the 2011 Orange Bowl when the Hokies lost to Stanford for violating team rules.

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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