Virginia Tech lost a pair of potential starting cornerbacks, the school announced.
Cornerback Adonis Alexander is longer with the team while fellow defensive back Jeremy Webb, a junior college transfer, tore an Achilles during offseason workouts.
Alexander was dismissed from the team due to academics, the Roanoke (Va.) Times reported, citing a source. He has missed three games in his career due to suspensions, one related to marijuana, according to the newspaper.
“We wish Adonis the very best as he determines the next steps he wishes to pursue,” Hokies head coach Justin Fuente said in a release.
The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Alexander started 15 of 34 games over three seasons at Virginia Tech, recording seven interceptions. He could be a candidate for the NFL supplemental draft, the NFL Network reported.
Webb, a 6-3, 190-pounder, starred at ASA College in 2017, earning first-team All-Northeast Football Conference honors in helping the team to a 9-1 record and league championship.
“While we share Jeremy’s disappointment that he will miss the 2018 season, our medical staff is confident that he will make a complete recovery,” said Fuente. “We look forward to Jeremy beginning the rehab process as soon as possible.”
The Hokies already had a shortage of experience at cornerback following the graduations of Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson, who combined for 14 interceptions while starting 76 games for Virginia Tech.