BLACKSBURG, Va. - Two Virginia Tech walk-on football players from Ashburn have been suspended from the team after being charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device.
Blacksburg Police Lt. Steven Taylor says 20-year-old Joshua Trimble and 19-year-old Brian Rody were arrested Sunday after a small explosion near an apartment. Nobody was injured.
Tech spokesman Bryan Johnston says that under university policy, players facing felony charges are suspended until charges are resolved. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 24.
Attorney Jimmy Turk told the Roanoke Times "the incident involved a soda bottle and was 'simply one of those pranks." Turk says the two were playing a prank on their female friends.
Someone else in the apartment complex reported the explosion to police, the paper reports.
The Hokies play Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28.
Rody is a scout team quarterback, while Trimble is a reserve linebacker and special teams player.
The Associated Press and Roanoke Times contributed to this report.