FSU's Reed suspended for Virginia Tech game

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Freshman receiver Bert Reed is suspended for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech, coach Bobby Bowden said on today's ACC teleconference.

This is a significant loss for the Seminoles, and it comes at a rather inopportune time, considering the importance of the game. Reed is the team's third-leading receiver (34.7 yards per game) and is tied with Corey Surrency for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three.

He was behind Taiwan Easterling at the slot receiver position. Now, expect to see Jarmon Forston get a little more playing time there. Rod Owens could also figure into the mix, as his style is a little more similar to Reed's.

Michael Ray Garvin is the main kick return guy, so not a huge loss there, and Tony Carter been returning punts. Still, Reed is a more explosive receiver than Easterling, who is a tough, over-the-middle type guy.

Bowden didn't say why Reed was suspended, but don't forget that in the wake of their academic scandal last year, players can be suspended for missing class under the new student-athlete attendance policy, which was implemented in the spring semester of 2008.

There was no confirmation from FSU officials that this was the reason, just a reminder not to assume the worst. According to the policy:

  • Three unexecused absences in any one class will cost a student-athlete one game.

  • A fourth unexcused absence will force the athlete to miss 30 percent of his or her games that season.

  • A fifth knocks the athlete out for the year.

Also possibly out for the Virginia Tech game is linebacker Dekoda Watson, who didn't practice yesterday because of a hamstring injury. That's a big loss, especially when trying to defend Tyrod Taylor.