Warley, Humes shine in scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
April 10, 2002

Carter Warley connected on all four of his field-goal attempts and Cedric Humes rushed for two touchdowns as Tech held a controlled scrimmage Wednesday afternoon on the practice fields behind the Merryman Center.

Warley made kicks of 37, 34, 27 and 24 yards as the Hokies used the scrimmage to work on red-zone offense and defense. Each possession started on the defense's 35-yard line. On the first seven possessions, any time there was a fourth-down situation, the Hokies attempted a field goal. On the final seven possessions, they went for it on fourth down.

"This was our red-zone day," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "We're trying to get the players used to different situations and we're trying to work on some things.

"Again, I thought there were good things on both offense and defense. It's hard for me to be happy because if the offense is working, then that means the defense is struggling. And vice versa. But this will be a tape we can learn some things from and that will help us."

Humes led the team with 36 yards rushing on nine carries. The redshirt freshman scored on touchdown runs of 1 yard and 25 yards. Kevin Jones rushed 10 times for 19 yards and scored on a 1-yard run.

Quarterbacks Grant Noel and Bryan Randall also added short touchdown runs. But both quarterbacks struggled in the passing game, with both throwing an interception and Randall notching Tech's only two completions in the scrimmage. Chris Clifton caught one pass for 17 yards and Richard Johnson caught the other for six yards.

The Hokies also worked on special teams and Johnson blocked a punt in the scrimmage.

"Richard made some plays and that's what I want to see," Beamer said. "He's going to be on that Pride and Joy team [punt block team] along with Justin Hamilton, Cedric Humes and probably Kevin Jones."

On defense, reserve whip Tommy Morgan made the play of the day, returning a Will Hunt fumble 79 yards for a touchdown. Garnell Wilds and Tim Sandidge each recorded interceptions, with Sandidge picking off a ball that had been tipped into the air by Cols Colas.

Colas continued his solid spring, notching two sacks. Vegas Robinson finished with three tackles as did Sandidge and Jason Murphy.

The Hokies will conduct another spring scrimmage this Saturday. The spring game will be held April 20th, with kickoff set for 2 p.m.