Two Fumble Returns For Touchdowns Headline Scrimmage
Warley Continues To Show Consistency This Spring
April 24, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Two fumble returns for touchdowns, along with two field goals by Carter Warley headlined Virginia Tech's Monday spring football scrimmage at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

The first fumble bounced into the arms of rover Cory Bird, who returned it 83 yards for a touchdown for the first score of the afternoon with 6:31 left in the second period of play. Defensive end Nathaniel Adibi recovered the second fumble and returned it 49 yards for the second defensive score of the afternoon with 1:31 left in the fourth period.

Kicker Warley booted two of three field goals attempts today, hitting successfully from 39 and 47 yards. His 39-yarder came with :05 seconds left in the second period and the 49-yarder was hit with 4:08 left in the third stanza. His third field goal attempt of 51 yards was long enough, but sailed wide left,

"Once again, I was pleased with the kicking of Carter Warley." Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "He continues to be one of the bright spots of spring practice.

The defense continues to show promise, recording five sacks for 35 yards, three tackles for loss and an interception. Defensive back Billy Hardee led all tacklers with six stops, three unassisted, and safety Willie Pile and whip Tavarius Jackson collected five tackles each.

"Our defense was more prepared to play today than our offense." Beamer said. "And they proved it by making some big plays."

The offense was slowed by dropped passes and penalties. Tailback Doug Easlick led all runners with eight carries for 36 yards, and tailback Keith Burnell finished with five carries for 32 yards. Three quarterbacks combined for 9-of-26 passing on the afternoon and threw one interception. AndraŽ Harrison led all receivers with two catches for 29 yards, and tailback Lee Suggs had one catch for 33 yards to lead the team in receiving yards.

"Offensively, we were just plain ragged." Beamer said. "We lacked the intensity, focus and emotion that it takes to play the game at this level."

Spring practice will conclude with the annual maroon-white scrimmage scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 29, at 2 p.m., at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.