Tardy Virginia Tech RB Ore To Be Benched For First Quarter Of Orange Bowl

Kenny Lewis Jr. is expected to start in place of Branden Ore

Dec. 28, 2007

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech running back Branden Ore will be held out of the first quarter of the Orange Bowl against Kansas on Thursday because he arrived late to a practice.

Kenny Lewis Jr. is expected to start in place of Ore, said athletic department spokesman Bryan Johnston on Friday night.

Johnston told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Hollywood, Fla., that Ore was about 45 minutes late to practice on Dec. 21, the team's last workout before Christmas break.

Ore has run into trouble with Virginia Tech coaches before.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound junior showed up at Tech's preseason camp out of shape. The 2006 first-team All-ACC tailback was dropped to third string on the depth chart and had to work his way back up to the top spot.

Ore has rushed for 876 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns this season.