The Virginia Tech Hokies are hoping to get back to being a legitimate contender in college football this season, and they couldn’t have a tougher opening game. On September 7th they will have to go up against the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes, and are going to have to do so short-handed. According to reports, the Hokies have decided to suspend running back Shai McKenzie for the Ohio State game.
McKenzie was originally suspended from the Virginia Tech football team this summer after he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was also sentenced to 15 days in jail for the misdemeanor of consensual sex with a minor.
Virginia Tech decided to reinstate him to the team, but they also decided that he deserved some punishment.
During the 2014 season with the Hokies, McKenzie ended up rushing for 269 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries. He has extremely dangerous speed in the open field, and is without question capable of making a big play whenever he touches the football. That type of playmaking ability could be very valuable against Ohio State, but they are doing the right thing with this suspension.
Hopefully McKenzie takes this situation and learns a very valuable lesson out of it. He needs to change his life up a bit if he wants to continue playing the game he loves and keep improving to reach his full potential.
It will be very interesting to see how the Hokies end up matching up with the Buckeyes. There isn’t much of a chance being given to them at this point in time, but there wasn’t much of a chance given to them last season when they were able to shock the Buckeyes by a final score of 35-21 in the second week of the season.
No matter what ends up happening, McKenzie will not be on the field to help change the outcome. Virginia Tech has other talented running backs to use, and there is no guarantee how much production McKenzie would be able to put up anyway.
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