Will enter preseason practice wearing a knee brace to protect a torn ACL in his left knee ... Injured the knee during the final week of spring practice ... Tests showed there was not a significant amount of looseness in the knee ... A decision was made to use conservative treatment involving a brace and rehabilitation ... Has his sights set on retaining his starting job in 2002 ... Took over the reins as the Hokies' starting quarterback prior to the 2001 season ... Started all 12 games ... Improved in his decision making as he gained experience ... Suffered through the typical ups and downs of a first-year quarterback ... Showed toughness and a great desire to succeed ... Became a good leader ... Didn't throw his first interception until the fifth game ... Went a span of 108 passes without an interception, three shy of the school record ... His 16 touchdown passes were the most ever at Tech for a first-year starter ... The Hokies' only quarterback with significant experience ... Brings a lot of intangibles to the position ... Showed poise and confidence during the spring ... His status may not be determined until practice has resumed ... 2001: Threw for 1,826 yards on 146-of-254 passing in 11 contests ... Also rushed for minus-14 net yards and two TDs on 61 carries ... Made his first career start against Connecticut ... Threw for 267 yards and three scores on 16-of-20 passing ... Connected with André Davis on the Hokies' first offensive play for a 47-yard score on a screen pass ... Completed 13-of-25 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown against Western Michigan ... Tossed four touchdown passes against Rutgers, tying the school record for TD passes in a game ... Finished with 164 yards through the air on 17-of-22 passing ... That performance earned him BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors ... Completed 15-of-25 passes for 170 yards against UCF ... Didn't throw any interceptions, but had two fumbles ... Threw his first interceptions of the year against West Virginia ... Completed 12-of-20 passes for 171 yards against the Mountaineers ... Threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Boston College ... Was 16-for-28 in that game ... Directed three long drives in the second half against Syracuse ... Finished the game with 162 yards passing and a TD pass ... Threw for 188 yards at Pittsburgh ... Also had two interceptions and a fumble versus the Panthers ... Threw for two touchdowns in the win over Temple ... Had three touchdowns passes at Virginia, including a 58-yarder to Davis in the first quarter ... Struggled against top-ranked Miami, throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble ... Bounced back to complete 15 of 27 passes in the Gator Bowl for a Tech bowl record 269 yards ... Completed a 55-yard scoring pass to Davis ... Earned Iron Hokies honors during spring athletic performance tests ... Completed 7 of 12 passes for 56 yards in Tech's first spring scrimmage ... Ran for a TD in the Hokies' third scrimmage and had touchdown passes of 19 and 71 yards in the fourth scrimmage ... Suffered the non-contact injury to his knee just three days before the spring game ... 2000: Saw action in three games ... Took 20 snaps in the opening game against Akron ... Completed 2 of 5 passes for 28 yards ... Had a career-best 21-yard completion to tight end Keith Willis in that game ... Also went 2-for-5 passing in the Rutgers game for 21 yards ... Added one rush for a 5-yard gain ... Took over the quarterbacking duties in the third quarter at UCF after starter Dave Meyer was injured ... Played a career-high 24 snaps in Tech's 44-21 win ... Saw some limited action in Tech's Gator Bowl win over Clemson ... Started working with the first team for the first time during the spring ... Was 20-for-46 passing in the Hokies' three main scrimmages for 208 yards, two touchdowns and one interception ... Tossed a 30-yard TD pass in the Maroon-White game ... Went 13-for-32 passing for the winning White team ... Compiled 114 passing yards and did not throw an interception ... 1999: Played 10 snaps against James Madison ... Completed one of his two passing attempts for a 10-yard gain ... Was in for seven snaps at Rutgers, but did not attempt a pass ... Played briefly at Temple ... Registered personal bests in eight areas during spring strength and conditioning tests ... Improved his 40-yard dash time to 4.62 seconds and had the best time among the quarterbacks in the 20-yard shuttle run at 4.21 ... Led the quarterbacks with a 270-pound power clean ... Went 3-for-3 passing in Tech's first spring scrimmage for 34 yards ... Was 2-for-5 passing in another scrimmage for 21 yards ... Ran four yards for a TD in another spring outing ... Completed just 3 of 11 passes in the annual Maroon-White game for 44 yards ... Led the victorious White team in rushing with 27 yards on six carries ... Set up his team's winning touchdown with a 29-yard pass ... 1998: Redshirted as a freshman ... Was slowed briefly by an injured left shoulder during the fall ... Made strides in the winter strength and conditioning program ... Was 4-for-4 passing for 47 yards in one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... Went 2-for-2 in another scrimmage with a 25-yard touchdown pass ... Did not complete a pass in his two attempts during the annual spring game but picked up 18 yards on the ground on a pair of runs ... High School: Lettered four seasons for Coach Greg Phillips at Frankfort High ... Played quarterback in a run-oriented offense ... Passed for 597 yards and four touchdowns his senior season ... Added 267 yards and eight TDs on the ground ... Completed 8 of 11 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns against Moorefield ... Was a preseason and postseason All-America pick by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 2 quarterback in the Eastern Region by that publication ... Passed for over 1,000 yards and 13 TDs as a junior ... Was only intercepted three times that season ... Connected on 11 of 17 passes for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns versus Jefferson County High ... Helped the football team to a 29-4 record during his career ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball ... Personal: David Grant Noel ... Born 6/11/80 in Low Moor, VA ... Son of David and Lori Noel ... Has already earned a degree in communication studies ... Is currently studying health promotion in the graduate program.
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