Defense Dominates Tech Scrimmage
Bird, Lewis combine for 10 tackles
April 12, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The play of Virginia Tech's defensive unit highlighted the Hokies' first limited scrimmage work of spring football practice Wednesday afternoon on the Frank O. Moseley practice field.

"Defense dominated this scrimmage," said Tech head coach Frank Beamer. "And that is about what you would expect at this point."

The defense, which returns just three starters from last year's 11-1 team, was led by senior rover Cory Bird (Mays Landing, N.J.) who had five tackles. Freshman defensive tackle Kevin Lewis (Richmond, Va.) had five tackles, including a sack, during the 50-minute session. Linebacker T.J. Jackson (Delray Beach, Fla.) had three tackles, including two sacks, while free safety Willie Pile (Alexandria, Va.) had three tackles and an interception.

Offensively, Tech was led by fullback Jarrett Ferguson (Goodview, Va.) who rushed for 30 yards on two carries and turned in the longest run of the scrimmage - a 26-yarder. Sophomore Keith Burnell (Chesapeake, Va.) turned in 24 yards on five carries. Tech quarterback Michael Vick (Newport News, Va.) completed 3-of-8 passes for 42 yards. He also had one pass intercepted.

"Overall, I was pleased with our effort, but the play was ragged," Beamer said. "What you look for early on is effort and I thought we made some progress, but we still have a lot of work to do."

Tech is in its second week of spring practice. The Hokies will conclude spring drills with their annual spring game on April 29 at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.