CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Two former Virginia Tech football players accused of raping a female student in their apartment last December pleaded no contest to a reduced charge Friday and were given suspended sentences.

Brian Edmonds, 22, and James Crawford, 20, were each indicted on rape and attempted sodomy charges in April, and their trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

In entering what is known as an Alford plea, the two conceded that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict them of attempted aggravated sexual battery, but they did not admit guilt.

Circuit Judge G.O. Clemens accepted their plea and the sentence recommended by prosecutors. Each man received a one-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $500 to area women's counseling centers.

``We met with the victim, and she was satisfied with the felony conviction and was satisfied if they didn't have to serve any prison time,'' said prosecutor Skip Schwab.

The woman had said Edmonds and Crawford took turns holding her down and raping her after a party in the players' apartment on Dec. 14.

Crawford, a junior wide receiver, did not return to Virginia Tech this fall, and Edmonds, a fullback, graduated last year.