Burnell, Jones score twice in Hokies' scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
April 6, 2002

Keith Burnell caught two touchdown passes and Kevin Jones scored on two short touchdown runs as Virginia Tech held a controlled scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Hokies' practice field behind the Merryman Center.

Burnell caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryan Randall. And then the redshirt senior provided the big play of the scrimmage when he snared a pass from Will Hunt on a quick slant and outran everyone 88 yards for the touchdown. Burnell finished with four catches for 109 yards. Ernest Wilford caught two passes for 33 yards and Justin Hamilton added two for 26.

"I feel like I'm getting better every practice," Burnell said. "But I've still got a lot of things to work on. I'm not as good a receiver as I want to be."

Jones scored two 4-yard touchdown runs as the Hokies worked some on their goal-line offense and defense. Jones finished with 44 yards on 13 carries. Cedric Humes amassed 29 yards on 14 carries.

Carter Warley connected on all three of his field-goal attempts in the scrimmage. He hit from 43, 25 and 45 yards.

The scrimmage also marked the return of Lee Suggs, who saw his first full contact since the UConn game last season. Suggs, coming off a torn ACL, played in four plays, rushing twice for 18 yards.

"It felt good to get out there and get hit," Suggs said. "It's been seven months and I need to get used to it. But everything feels great."

"Lee was completely cleared yesterday," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "We wanted to get him out there and he wanted to get out there and get some hits. We'll probably get him in there a little more as we go along."

On defense, the Hokies pressured Tech's quarterbacks all day. Cols Colas led the way with three sacks, while Kevin Lewis added two. Jim Davis, Alex Markogiannakis and Sam Fatherly each added a sack. Vegas Robinson paced Tech's defense with five solo tackles, including two for a loss, and added an assist.

Quarterback Grant Noel completed 5-of-15 for 67 yards and one interception, while Randall completed 6-of-11 for 47 yards and a touchdown. Hunt went 3-of-7 for 107 yards and a touchdown.

"This was a good scrimmage for us," Beamer said. "We can watch the tape and learn a lot of things from this. I thought we did some good things on both sides of the ball, but we've got to get better in some areas as well."

Tech concludes spring practice on April 20th with the spring game. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.