Jones, kicking highlights of first scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
August 10, 2002

Kevin Jones' long touchdown run and Carter Warley's kicking were just a couple of the highlights as Virginia Tech held a scrimmage at Lane Stadium - its first scrimmage of the fall.

Jones opened things up by scoring on a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play of the scrimmage. Jones and Lee Suggs both got limited work, with each carrying the ball only twice. Jones finished with 59 yards and Suggs had 18 yards.

The offense looked much better than in previous practices. Quarterback Grant Noel continued his solid fall, completing 5-of-7 for 42 yards. Bryan Randall completed 2-of-5 for 10 yards and one interception. And freshman Marcus Vick completed 3-of-6 for 28 yards.

More importantly, there were no drops by the receivers. Shawn Witten caught the longest pass of the day, hauling in a 23-yarder from Noel.

"I thought we were good for a first scrimmage," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I'm concerned we didn't get much of a pass rush and we're going to look at that. And we have some guys who need to know their assignments better and we're going to look at that.

"But we caught the ball well and we threw the ball well. We had some freshmen who were feeling their way, but they showed a lot of promise, and the next time, they'll be better."

Warley drilled both of his field-goal attempts, connecting on kicks of 47 and 32 yards. Jon Mollerup also hit one, drilling a 47-yarder.

As far as punting goes, Nic Schmitt once again continues to impress with Vinnie Burns out because of a injury. Six of Schmitt's nine punts were over 40 yards, with a long of 60. He averaged 43 yards per punt and Bobby Peaslee averaged 45 yards per punt on five punts.

The Hokies did fumble three times on the day, but all three fumbles were by freshmen. Vick fumbled twice and freshman tailback/receiver Mike Imoh fumbled once. The Tech staff moved Imoh to receiver Friday, but played him at tailback and receiver in the scrimmage. Imoh caught two passes for 14 yards and rushed three times for 15 yards.

"I took it as a compliment when they moved me," Imoh said. "They want to get their best guys on the field.

"I had running back down and then they switched me, but that's OK. The mental part will come."

On defense, Tech recorded four sacks - one each by Jim Davis, Lamar Cobb, Brandon Manning and Andrew Fleck. Davis, who has been spending some time at defensive tackle as well as end, played six snaps at tackle as the Hokies' continues to experiment with getting their best four defensive linemen on the field.

"Jim's a big-time player," Beamer said. "I think if we get him and [Kevin] Lewis and [Cols] Colas and [Nathaniel] Adibi on the field, then that will help us. They're all speed guys."

"I don't mind," Davis said. "I like coming off the edge, but I'll do whatever Coach [Charley] Wiles and Coach [Bud] Foster ask. I think I can hold my own in there and it will help our pass rush."

Freshman Jimmy F. Williams led the way with four tackles - including a clothesline tackle of Imoh on one play. Mikal Baaqee recorded two tackles, both for a loss. DeAngelo Hall had the lone interception.

Tech practices Sunday at 3:15. The Hokies' next scrimmage is Tuesday at 3:15.