Off the field issues continued for the Virginia Tech football team Monday as the program announced the dismissal of junior defensive back Mook Reynolds.
Reynolds, the team’s starting nickel back was “dismissed from the team effective immediately in accordance with Virginia Tech Athletics Department policies,” the Hokies announced in a statement. The program also revealed Reynolds had been suspended from team activities during the spring, discipline they did not publicly reveal at the time.
The 6-foot, 191-pound Reynolds – the team’s second-leading returning tackler with 70 stops last season – was simply listed as out for the spring, an announcement lumped in with other injured players’ status updates.
Last month, Tech announced that senior cornerback Adonis Alexander had been kicked off the team. He’s likely to be selected in Wednesday’s NFL supplemental draft.
In April, co-defensive coordinator Galen Scott resigned after an extra-marital affair became public.
The defense will need to be entirely rebuilt this season. Defensive tackle Tim Settle, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and safety Terrell Edmunds left early for the NFL draft. Linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka and cornerbacks Brandon Facyson and Greg Stroman were seniors.
Now, add Alexander and Reynolds and Tech has eight starting-level players to replace on that side of the ball.