Maroon Defeats White, 24-10
Burnell leads Maroon with 182 yards, two TDs
April 21, 2001

Stats from the 2001 Spring Game
Redshirt junior tailback Keith Burnell rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Maroon team over the White team, 24-10, in Virginia Tech's annual Maroon-White spring football game Saturday at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

Burnell, selected the game's Offensive MVP by the media, scored his two touchdowns on runs of 37 and 57 yards. He carried the ball 15 times on the afternoon.

"I thought it was a really good spring game," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I thought it was a really great effort."

The White team scored first on a 30-yard pass from redshirt junior quarterback Grant Noel to senior wide receiver Emmett Johnson with 2:07 remaining in the first quarter. Burnell's first touchdown sent the game into halftime at 7-7.

In the third quarter, Burnell scored on his 57-yard run just 45 seconds into the half. The White team cut the lead to 14-10 on a 52-yard field goal by redshirt junior kicker Jon Mollerup.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Maroon squad. Sophomore defensive end Jim Davis recovered a bad snap on a White punt in the end zone for the final touchdown of the afternoon. Redshirt senior kicker Matt Felber closed out the scoring with a 30-yard field goal with 2:00 remaining.

"Keith Burnell made some nice runs," Beamer said. "Lee Suggs and Jarrett Ferguson didn't play much today, but we've got some guys there that can get the job done."

The battle of quarterbacks was fought to a draw. Noel finished the day 13 of 32 for 114 yards and one touchdown. Maroon quarterback, redshirt freshman Jason Davis, finished the day hitting eight of 17 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions. Redshirt sophomore tailback Doug Easlick led the White team in rushing, with 30 yards on four carries.

Another battle was for the punting duties. The team's two punters, redshirt sophomore Robert Peaslee and redshirt freshman Vinnie Burns alternated between the two squads. Burns, who shared Defensive MVP honors with redshirt senior defensive end Dan Wilkinson, averaged 46.2 yards per punt, while Peaslee averaged 37.0 yards per punt.

"Our first two things today were the punter and to look at our quarterbacks. Vinnie Burns has really kicked the ball well the last couple of weeks."

Sophomore cornerback Eric Green led the Maroon defense with seven tackles, while redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Mark Costen had five tackles and two quarterback sacks.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Brandon Manning led the White defense with seven tackles. He also intercepted a Davis pass and returned it 31 yards. Redshirt freshman safety Mike Daniels and redshirt sophomore cornerback Garnell Wilds also had interceptions for the White team.

During halftime ceremonies, 11 Tech players won spring practice awards. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jon Dunn and redshirt freshman safety Vincent Fuller were winners of the Paul Torgersen Award as the team's top newcomers. The Dr. Richard Bullock Award for most improved players went to Burnell on offense and senior defensive tackle Channing Reed and sophomore defensive tackle Kevin Lewis on defense. Senior offensive tackle Matt Wincek and junior flanker Shawn Witten on offense won the Frank O. Moseley Award for the team's top hustlers, while redshirt senior linebacker and redshirt junior defensive end Lamar Cobb won the award on defense. Redshirt senior fullback Jarrett Ferguson and redshirt junior cornerback Ronyell Whitaker won the George Preas Award as the Hokie's most valuable performers on offense and defense during the spring.

Tech, which finished 11-1 last fall and won the Gator Bowl, 41-20 against Clemson, is scheduled to open the 2001 season in Blacksburg against Connecticut on Sept. 1.