Virginia Tech wide receiver Xavier Boyce is facing child abuse charges in connection with injuries to his infant child, according to the Associated Press. A school spokesman said Boyce is automatically suspended from all athletic activities, and there will be no further comment or statement.
Boyce was expected to be a backup heading into spring practices, so his absence won't be a huge loss for a group that's one of the deepest and most experienced on the roster. Boyce would have been behind Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin, the Hokies' top two receivers from 2010, but he hasn't been dismissed from the program -- only suspended until the issue is resolved. Boyce had only two catches last year for 10 yards in nine games.