Griffin Highlights Saturday Scrimmage
Defense picks off four passes
April 17, 2004

BLACKSBURG - Senior rover James Griffin recorded five tackles, five pass break ups and an interception to lead a strong defensive effort in the Virginia Tech football team's scrimmage Saturday at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. For the day, the Tech defense recorded four interceptions, coming from Griffin, Corey Gordon, Eric Green and Chris Ceasar.

In the scripted sessions, the offense scored on several occasions, highlighted by Mike Imoh's 20-yard touchdown run on the first drive. Chris Clifton (7 yards) and David Clowney (6 yards) scored on reverses. Tight end Jared Mazzetta caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Randall and tight end Duane Brown caught a 9-yard scoring pass from Cory Holt.

Following the scripted session, the team played two 10-minute quarters and the defense didn't allow anything more than a field goal. Darryl Tapp continued his impressive spring with a five-tackle, 3.5-TFL, 2.5-sack performance. James Anderson had four tackles, including a sack.

Offensively, George Bell led the rushing attack with eight carries for 48 yards. Justin Hamilton had eight carries for 20 yards while Imoh rushed four times for 33 yards and a score. Randall was 9-for-24 for 79 yards and a touchdown with an interception while Marcus Vick was 6-for-17 for 46 yards with two interceptions. Holt was 5-for-7 for 39 yards and a score with an interception.

Freshman Josh Morgan led the receiving corps with three catches for 45 yards. Brenden Hill had three receptions for 26 yards while Clifton had two catches for 15 yards.

In the field goal battle, Brandon Pace was 1-for-2, missing a 47-yarder while making a 36-yarder. Nic Schmitt was 1-for-2, connecting on a 22-yard kick while missing a 42-yarder. John Hedge was 0-for-2, missing from 47 and 44 yards. In the punting department, Vinnie Burns averaged 39.3 yards on three punts while Schmitt boomed a 62-yard punt on his lone attempt.

Tech wraps up practice next week before holding its annual spring game on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Admission is free to the public.