Virginia Tech football players charged with making explosive device

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — Two Virginia Tech walk-on football players 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. The Hokies play Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28.

Trimble’s attorney, James Turk, did not immediately return a phone message. Court records don’t list an attorney for Rody.

Rody is a scout team quarterback, while Trimble is a reserve linebacker and special teams player. Both are redshirt freshmen from Ashburn.

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