Hokies suspend pair for game with No. 24 Ga. Tech

Updated: September 28, 2006, 2:41 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech defensive end Chris Ellis and split end Josh Morgan have been suspended for violating team rules and will miss the 11th-ranked Hokies' home game Saturday against No. 24 Georgia Tech.

Ellis and Morgan were suspended by coach Frank Beamer on Monday after both players were arrested early Sunday morning following an altercation outside a downtown nightclub in Blacksburg, Va.

Lt. Joe Davis of the Blacksburg Police Department said officers from his department responded to calls of a "large crowd forming and advised a fight was about to "break out" around 1:50 a.m. Sunday.

Davis said Morgan, a junior from Washington, D.C., didn't follow officers' commands to leave the area and was arrested on Class I misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.

Ellis, a junior from Hampton, Va., was arrested and charged with misdemeanor obstructing an officer after he failed to leave the scene after Morgan was arrested.

"They went to place Morgan under arrest and he did not follow their orders or commands," Davis said.

"Ellis went to try to get involved with the officers who were arresting Morgan and didn't follow their commands and was taken into custody. It was pretty cut and dry."

Davis said neither player was jailed and both were released on personal recognizance bonds.

Ellis is one of the 4-0 Hokies' most disruptive defensive linemen, recording 12 tackles this year, including one sack.

Morgan is Tech's second-leading receiver, with 10 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He blocked two punts, including one for a safety in the Hokies' 29-13 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday.

Georgia Tech (3-1) has won three straight after a season-opening 14-10 loss to Notre Dame.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com college football reporter Mark Schlabach was used in this report.