Goal-line offense highlight of second spring scrimmage
April 7, 2001

Tech's goal-line offense was the main story of the day as the Hokies held their second controlled scrimmage of the spring, this one coming Saturday at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

Starting on the 4-yard line on four separate occasions, Tech's first-team offense scored all four times against the first-team defense. Reserve tailback Doug Easlick scored on runs of 2 yards and 1 yard and starting tailback Lee Suggs scored on a 4-yard run. The other score came on quarterback Grant Noel's 4-yard touchdown pass to reserve tight end Keith Willis.

Other than that, Tech's defense continued its stingy ways this spring. The Hokies' defense did not allow a touchdown outside of the goal-line situations and finished with 10 sacks. Jim Davis, a second-team defensive end, recorded three sacks, while starting defensive end Nathaniel Adibi and reserve rover Michael Crawford recorded two sacks each.

Starting defensive end Lamar Cobb and safety Billy Hardee led the defense in tackles with five each. Rover Kevin McCadam and reserve safety Vincent Fuller each recorded interceptions for the Hokies. McCadam picked off a Jason Davis pass and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown.

"I saw some good things both ways," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "We had some moments offensively when we had some good plays and some nice catches. Defensively, we let a couple of runs get outside on us, but I thought we did a very good job overall. This was a good practice from us. This is one which we can learn from and get better."

The offense's other scores came from field goals. With Carter Warley out for the spring because of a back injury, Jon Mollerup and Matt Felber both got some opportunities. Mollerup made a 42-yarder, while missing from 28 and 46 yards. Felber connected on field goals of 22 and 47 yards, while missing from 42.

Noel completed 6-of-14 for 55 yards and one interception, while Davis completed 6-of-14 for 91 yards and one interception. Emmett Johnson caught two passes for 27 yards; Shawn Witten caught two passes for 25 yards and Willis caught two passes for 16 yards, including the touchdown. Reserve tight end Michael Jackson caught the longest pass of the day - a 24yarder from Davis.

Easlick led the Hokies' rushing attack with 50 yards rushing on 12 carries. Suggs rushed for 33 yards on nine carries, while fullback Jarrett Ferguson rushed for 33 yards on just one carry.

"We had some good runs and that's going to help our passing game," Beamer said. "I thought our quarterbacks made some good throws and then made some poor throws. It's consistency we're looking for, not just from them, but from everyone."

The Hokies will conduct another scrimmage on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. and will conclude spring drills on Saturday, April 21, with the annual maroon-white game in Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.