Eron Carter, Tre Hubbard, Wright Bynum No Longer Participating on Football Team

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Virginia Tech redshirt freshman linebacker Eron Carter is no longer participating on the football team, an athletic department spokesman confirmed Monday.

The 6-foot-1, 231-pound Carter was working with the third team at mike linebacker this spring, behind Andrew Motuapuaka and Tavante Beckett. Senior Sean Huelskamp, who is injured this spring, will also be an option there in the fall.

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Carter was a part of coach Justin Fuente's first signing class in 2016, picking on the Hokies on signing day itself that February. The Palatka, Florida, product was a three-star recruit, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. He redshirted last fall.

Also no longer participating in football are a pair of walk-ons: linebacker Tre Hubbard and holder Wright Bynum.

Hubbard joined the team as a preferred walk-on last year out of Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach. He played in three games, finishing with one tackle and a forced fumble against Virginia.

Bynum, from Columbia, South Carolina, served as the team's holder on field goals and extra points last year.

-Andy Bitter

My Take: Attrition like this is rarely surprising, but Tre Hubbard was very outspoken with his love for VT on social media. My guess is that he wasn't on track to earn a scholarship (despite dressing for most games and I believe participating on special teams) and so he is seeking a scholarship at another school.

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Losing depth at LB makes me a little uneasy no matter who it is.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

same

Eron Carter wants to throw things for track and field. Per Bitter.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Whyyyyy do we keep losing kids from the 757? Bummer on all accounts.

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Every top program loses players when they realize they will not play. I suspect we are currently seeing more from the 757 than elsewhere becasuse we took more players from there. Most walk-ones will also be in state due to cost. I expect as we broaden our recruiting grounds we will have less reach players from the same area, and the players we get will be a better fit.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

He was a walkon. Seemed to help with recruiting, but not like this doesn't happen quite often with walkons.

I don't know much about Carter, but I remember reading when we got him that he was very raw as a LB. Also, he can see the writing on the wall with the some of the talent that is coming in. He was probably behind some freshman already and we have kids like Rivers and possibly Hollifield coming.

I doubt the kid was going to play

Never like losing any Hokie. Best of luck to them.

Where is Click?!

Why would Bynum up and leave? I'm perplexed.

I hear Lucy Van Pelt is available.

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All the best to Eron. I hope he has a great track and field career and gets a good education somewhere.

Best of luck to him. Wonder why he couldn't run track at VT though?

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

I wonder if the fact that he was on scholarship for football would muddy the water there. They have that rule that keeps schools from hiding football players on other teams to use those scholarships instead of football ones (See: Wilson, Devin).

Or maybe he just doesn't want to go to a school where he's an ex football player

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Good point on the first scenario. Hadn't thought of that. The second one seems a little silly, but you never know.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Due to NCAA rules, if you have an athletic scholarship and participate in at least one play in football, your scholarship counts against football regardless of what other sports you play, even if you're an all-star on the baseball team (for example). If you participate in basketball but not football, your scholarship counts against basketball. Example: even if Devin Wilson had played basketball this past season, his scholarship still would have counted against football for the year.

Only if you play neither football nor basketball is there any choice as to which sport your scholarship counts against, and according to NCAA policy it is supposed to go towards a player's "primary" sport, but that seems a bit loosely defined for true two-sport players.

Point is, "scholarship situation" alone wouldn't be a good enough reason. Probably some combination of:
- He wanted to join the track team, but might not have made the cut
- He wanted to join the track team, but the football coaches thought it would take away from his football duties

I don't know what event(s) he competes for, or how good he is, but VT has very good teams. I know scholarship track and field athletes at UNC, WF, and NC State that were not good enough to be offered by VT. Could be the case here.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Fair point. My question more stemmed from not knowing Carter's track and field prowess.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

We must have blocked his transfer to Eastern Carolina University, so he went Western

Wouldn't be surprised at all. Lots of schools block transfers to conference foes, especially divisional opponents you play each year.

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Divisional opponents...

We put the K in Kwality

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

I hate to admit how badass that is.

We put the K in Kwality