Royal Out For Florida A&M Game
Clowney scheduled to make first collegiate start
October 14, 2004

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech freshman Eddie Royal (Herndon, Va.) will not play in Saturday's football contest between the Hokies and Florida A&M University, as announced by head athletic trainer Mike Goforth.

"Eddie is suffering lingering affects from a recent illness unrelated to the concussion he suffered against West Virginia," Goforth said. "He is having some stomach pain and nausea and will not play. We expect him to be back for the Georgia Tech game."

In his absence, receivers coach Tony Ball has announced that sophomore David Clowney will get his first collegiate start against the Rattlers. The Delray Beach, Fla., native has five catches for 60 yards this year. Josh Hyman and Mike Imoh are scheduled to return kickoffs and Richard Johnson is scheduled to handle the punt returns in Royal's absence.

Royal leads the team in all-purpose yards, receptions and punt returns as a true freshman.

The following is a more complete look at the injuries affecting this week's game:
Xavier Adibi, LB: biceps (out; questionable for Georgia Tech)
Noland Burchette, DE: AC joint in right shoulder (out; probable for Georgia Tech)
Reggie Butler, OG: neck sprain (probable)
John Kinzer, FB: neck sprain (probable)
Mike Parham, OG: sprained ankle (probable)
Eddie Royal, WR: illness (out; probable for Georgia Tech)