Tapp leads Tech defense in scrimmage
Rising junior has five tackles and three sacks
April 10, 2004

Darryl Tapp's three sacks and a Marcus Vick touchdown pass to Josh Morgan highlighted Tech's third full-contact scrimmage played Saturday morning at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

Tapp, a junior defensive end from Chesapeake, Va., tied for the top honors in tackling with five. His three sacks were part of a five-sack day for Tech's defense, which picked off a pass and allowed just two touchdowns.

Freshmen linebackers Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall amassed five tackles each, along with senior cornerback Eric Green, who recorded the Hokies' lone interception. Walk-on linebacker Stevie Ray Lloyd finished with four tackles, and senior Mikal Baaqee tallied two tackles for a loss.

On offense, Vick, a redshirt sophomore from Newport News, Va., completed 9-of-16 for 148 yards and one touchdown. Late in the scrimmage, he hit Morgan, a freshman who enrolled at Tech for the spring semester, for a 20-yard touchdown play.

"Overall, I'm pleased with what took place," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "Passing-wise, we hit a few good pass play and some of our young kids are making plays. Justin Harper and Josh Morgan have been impressive the last three practices. I think our receiving group took a step forward today.

"Defensively, we're definitely moving in the right direction. We still have things we have to get done, so we've got to keep working."

Senior quarterback Bryan Randall completed 7-of-18 for 83 yards, with one interception. Freshman Cory Holt completed 3-of-7 for 31 yards.

David Clowney, a sophomore receiver from Delray Beach, Fla., led the receivers with four catches for 27 yards. Junior Chris Clifton led the team in receiving yardage, amassing 69 yards on three catches. Freshman Justin Harper caught a 47-yarder and freshman John Kinzer caught a 30-yarder.

George Bell, a freshman tailback who enrolled at Tech for the spring semester, led the rushing attack with 22 yards on eight carries. Justin Hamilton scored the offense's other touchdown on a short 2-yard run.

John Hedge, a walk-on kicker from Pulaski, Va., hit two field goals, connecting from 24 and 42 yards out. Jud Dunlevy hit a 25-yarder, but missed from 39. Brandon Pace missed his lone attempt, a 50-yarder.

The Hokies will hold their fourth scrimmage of the spring next week. All practices and scrimmages are closed to the public. The spring game is April 24.