Virginia Tech DB Manning to transfer; miss opener vs Alabama

Virginia Tech cornerback Donaldven Manning has decided to transfer out of the program, which is the latest blow to the Hokies as they prepare to open the season against Alabama.

Virginia Tech will likely be forced to start a pair of true freshman against the Tide in the opener. Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller appear to be locks for the starting line-up.

Senior cornerback Antone Exum will not play against Alabama while he recovers from a knee injury.

Virginia Tech also announced that three backups are leaving the program. Lineman Jarontay Jones, offensive lineman Adam Taraschke and cornerback Davion Tookes intend to transfer.