White knocks off Maroon 14-3 as Hokies conclude spring practice
By Jimmy Robertson
April 19, 2003

Box Score White 14, Maroon 3
 
As expected, Tech's quarterbacks took center stage and neither one of them disappointed as both Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick played well, with Vick's White team knocking off Randall's Maroon team 14-3 in the annual Maroon-White spring game held Saturday at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. Tech's administrators had no plans on releasing an attendance figure for the game.

Those who attended got to see two quarterbacks who threw the ball crisply, and for the most part, on the money. Randall completed 12-of-21 for 149 yards, while Vick completed 10-of-15 for 92 yards and one touchdown. And while those two threw the ball well, the defensive units for both teams also played well as neither offense amassed more than 204 yards of total offense.

"I think this has been the best spring practice we've ever had as far as both sides working together and improving," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I think our offense has been more efficient than it's ever been and I think that goes back to two quarterbacks who have performed at a high level and it all starts there. When they perform at a high level, the offense has a chance to be efficient."

Vick got the White team on the board first in the 26-minute game, firing a 19-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ernest Wilford late in the first quarter. Brandon Pace kicked the extra point to give the White team a 7-0 lead.

Randall, though, responded, leading the Maroon team on a 56-yard drive on the ensuing possession. That drive stalled at the White 17 and led to a 34-yard field goal by Carter Warley that cut the White lead to 7-3 early in the second quarter.

The White team lead 7-3 at the break, though the Maroon team got a couple of unfortunate breaks near the end of halftime when Randall looked as though he were going to score on a couple of runs. But neither quarterback was allowed to be hit in this game, and on those two plays, the officials blew the whistle, stopping the play.

"I really wished we could have turned those guys loose," Beamer said. "I think you'd have almost seen a different game. A couple of times, the whistle was blowing and those plays would have probably turned into great plays. But not having a third quarterback established, I just think that [not making the QB's live] was the right call. You don't play scared, but I didn't want to get one of them hurt.

"I don't know that either one of them could have had a better spring practice than what they had. They just performed at such a high level the entire spring."

The White team's final score came late in the game. On fourth-and-2 from the Maroon 26, the White team - coached by Bud Foster - decided to go for it and Kevin Rogers, Tech's quarterbacks coach, made a terrific call.

The White team ran a reverse and Richard Johnson took the handoff from Vick and went 26 yards untouched on a perfectly executed play for a touchdown. Nic Schmitt's extra point provided the final margin. Johnson led the White team with 26 yards rushing and also caught three passes for 35 yards.

As expected, DeAngelo Hall played both ways in this one and he led the Maroon team with four catches for 47 yards, while Chris Clifton caught two for 53 yards. Wilford led the White team with four catches for 38 yards. Cedric Humes, playing for the Maroon team, led all rushers with 57 yards on six carries.

On defense, Mikal Baaqee and James Griffin led the Maroon team with four tackles each and redshirt freshman Noland Burchette finished with two sacks. Tim Sandidge added a sack for the Maroon.

For the White team, Jordan Trott led the way with six tackles, while D.J. Walton finished with four. Darryl Tapp and Aaron Rouse each recorded a sack.

"We've got a chance to be a good football team," Beamer said. "We've got a lot of work to do and how much work we do and how much we dedicate ourselves from now until next fall will determine what type of team we'll have."

Tech opens the season on Aug. 31 when Central Florida comes to Blacksburg. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN.

2003 SPRING AWARDS

Paul Torgersen Award (top offensive and defensive newcomers) - quarterback Marcus Vick and defensive end Noland Burchette

Dr. Richard Bullock Award (players who show the most improvement) - offensive guard Will Montgomery and safety Jimmy Williams

Frank O. Moseley Award (offensive and defensive players who exhibit the most hustle during offseason and spring workouts) - tight end Jeff King and defensive end Darryl Tapp

George Preas Award (most valuable performers of the spring) - receiver Ernest Wilford and quarterback Bryan Randall; linebacker Mikal Baaqee and cornerback DeAngelo Hall

President's Award (players who demonstrate the most outstanding leadership during the Hokies' offseason program and spring workouts) - center Jake Grove and defensive end Nathaniel Adibi