Randall leads the way in third spring scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
April 5, 2003

Quarterback Bryan Randall enjoyed a huge day as the Virginia Tech football team participated in its third and longest scrimmage of the spring thus far on Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

In the 87-play affair, Randall, a rising junior from Williamsburg, Va., completed 11-of-18 for 187 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Randall threw touchdown passes of 4 yards to Chris Clifton, 41 yards to DeAngelo Hall and 11 yards to Keith Willis.

Tech's other quarterback, redshirt freshman Marcus Vick from Newport News, Va., also played well, completing 7-of-17 for 55 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Vick threw touchdown passes of 4 yards on a fade pattern to Ernest Wilford and 4 yards to tight end Jared Mazzetta.

On the ground, Kevin Jones, who left the scrimmage early after spraining his left foot/ankle, rushed for 26 yards on six carries, scoring one touchdown on a 1-yard run. Cedric Humes scored on two short touchdown runs as well (2 yards and 1 yard).

Willis caught three passes for a game-high 53 yards to lead the receiving corps, while Richard Johnson caught three for 42; Clifton caught three for 25 and Wilford hauled in three for 29. Mike Imoh caught two for 40 yards and Hall's lone catch - a pass in which he tipped the ball away from Vinnie Fuller to himself - was the touchdown catch.

In addition to the offense and defense going against each other in the middle of the field, the Hokies also worked a lot in the red zone in this scrimmage, so some of the numbers are skewed. But Tech's performance on both sides of the ball left head coach Frank Beamer feeling good about things.

"I think we're making good progress and giving good effort to go with good execution," Beamer said. "I think overall things have been good. We have some guys hurt, but some of them too seriously. So overall, if we can finish these last six spring practices strong, we'll have a pretty good spring."

On defense, junior-college transfer James Griffin led the Hokies with seven tackles (three solo), while safety Jimmy Williams finished with six (all assists). Mike Daniels added six assists, while linebacker Jordan Trott and defensive end Darryl Tapp finished with five tackles (one solo and four assists each). Defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis added five tackles (two solo) and a sack.

For the scrimmage, Tech's defense recorded four sacks and rover Michael Crawford had the scrimmage's lone interception.

"I'm a little disappointed that we gave up a couple of big plays," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "We gave up a couple of long ones [the 41-yarder to Hall, a 37-yarder to Mike Imoh and a 27-yarder to Willis] and they scored some in the red zone.

"But you have to understand, we're playing a lot of kids and a lot of the things we're doing is simply to get on film, so that our kids can see it and learn from it. We want to get our kids exposed to techniques and things that they're going to be doing in the fall. And I may run some defenses that aren't good for the situation simply so they see what they're doing on film and get better. Spring is the time to do that."

Tech's defense was without starters Cols Colas (knee) and Vegas Robinson (ankle), who are both out for the spring, and defensive tackle Kevin Lewis (strained right calf). The Hokies' defense also participated without defensive tackle Isaac Montgomery, who tore the MCL in his left knee in a recent practice and is done for the spring, but should be ready for the fall.

The Hokies will hold their next scrimmage Wednesday. The team will hold its annual Maroon-White scrimmage on April 19 at 2 p.m. in Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.