Noel throws for two TDs in scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
April 13, 2002

Quarterback Grant Noel threw two touchdown passes and Bryan Randall threw one to highlight Virginia Tech's controlled scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

Noel completed 9-of-24 for 179 yards and fired touchdown passes of 19 yards to tight end Keith Willis and 71 yards to Shawn Witten. Randall completed 7-of-20 for 103 yards and threw a 23-yard touchdown to Richard Johnson. Both quarterbacks threw one interception each.

"I thought both of them played well," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "This was probably their best day this spring. They made a lot of good throws and our receivers made some catches, but we still need to be more consistent catching the ball."

For the second consecutive scrimmage, Noel and Randall went live, playing without wearing a yellow jersey. They took no blind shots as defensive players pulled up in those situations, but otherwise, they were hit and tackled just as if they were in game-like situations.

"I think going live helps, particularly Bryan because he has that athletic ability to make plays," Beamer said. "And I think it helps Grant too. It helps both of them get in a rhythm and learn to get rid of the ball instead of taking the sack."

Witten led Tech's receiving with two catches for 89 yards. Johnson caught three passes for 69, while Ernest Wilford caught three passes for 45 yards and Terrell Parham caught three for 27 yards. Randall led the Hokies in rushing with 28 yards on 14 carries. Cedric Humes rushed for 20 yards and Kevin Jones finished with 15 on six carries. Lee Suggs did not play in the scrimmage.

Defensively, reserve rover Sam Fatherly made the biggest play of the day, intercepting a Randall pass and returning it 16 yards for a touchdown. Ronyell Whitaker recorded the Hokies' other interception, picking off a pass by Noel that had been batted in the air by defensive end Jim Davis.

Davis finished with four tackles and a sack and linemate Lamar Cobb added seven tackles, including two sacks. Mikal Baaqee recorded seven tackles, while Mike Daniels finished with four tackles and a pass break-up.

Tech's spring game will be held April 20th at Lane Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.