Offense Takes the Spotlight
Tech scores eight times in "Red Zone" scrimmage
April 11, 2001

Offense took center stage as Virginia Tech scored eight touchdowns and kicked a long field goal during a scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon in Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

"I thought the offense got the better of it today," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "We worked in the Īred zone' this afternoon. I call it the nitty-gritty day, because the defense is backed up and we get to see how they react."

Redshirt junior tailbacks Lee Suggs and Keith Burnell each scored three touchdowns to pace the offense. Suggs gained 25 yards on eight carries and Burnell carried the ball a team-high 14 times and gained 18 yards. Doug Easlick also scored on an eight-yard carry.

"I thought Lee Suggs did an exceptional job running the ball today and Keith Burnell also ran well for us this afternoon," Beamer said.

Redshirt junior quarterback Grant Noel hit redshirt senior tight end Bob Slowikowski on an 11-yard touchdown pass for the offense. Noel was five-of-10 passing, for 68 yards and one touchdown, while redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Davis completed six-of-seven passes for 15 yards.

Tech made one field goal out of five attempts, as redshirt junior kicker Jon Mollerup connected on a 52-yard attempt.

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Deon Provitt led the defense with seven total tackles, including one tackle for a four-yard loss. Redshirt junior cornerback Ronyell Whitaker was in on four tackles and intercepted one pass for 16 yards.

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Nathaniel Adibi recorded three tackles, including two tackles for minus-11 yards, a quarterback sack for seven yards and blocked a field goal attempt. On the day, the defense recorded 22 tackles, 30 assists, seven tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks.

The Hokies will conduct another scrimmage on Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. and will conclude spring drills on Saturday, April 21, with the annual maroon-white game in Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.