- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2011

BLACKSBURG | Blacksburg police say a Virginia Tech football player is facing child-abuse charges in connection with injuries to his infant child.

The Roanoke Times reports that 20-year-old Xavier Boyce and his girlfriend, Olivia Hutchins, were arrested Wednesday on charges related to cruelty and injuries to the girl. Boyce is a redshirt sophomore split end for the Hokies.

Police say they believe the child was injured Jan. 31 at the couple’s home but did not say in what way the child was hurt.

Boyce and Hutchins were released on bond.

Under the school’s athletic department policy, any athlete charged with a felony is automatically suspended from all athletic-related activities. That means Boyce won’t be able to participate in the spring practice period that runs from March 30 to April 23.