Hokies Hold First Preseason Football Scrimmage
Mollerup connects on four field goals
August 12, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer liked the effort he saw Saturday in the Hokies' first controlled scrimmage of the preseason, but admitted the workout was far from smooth.

"I guess it was about what you would expect for the first week," Beamer said after the 90-minute scrimmage on the Frank O. Moseley Practice Field. "It was not a real smooth scrimmage, but I thought our players gave good effort."

Redshirt sophomore Jon Mollerup (Lyndhurst, Va.) provided the bulk of the scoring during the workout, connecting on 4 of 7 field goal attempts. Mollerup made kicks of 36, 27, 50 and 25 yards. He missed on attempts from 41, 36 and 42 yards.

Tech's lone touchdown of the afternoon came when junior cornerback Philip Hicks (Radford, Va.) picked up a fumble and raced 35 yards for a score.

Backup quarterback Dave Meyer (Ramsey, N.J.) paced the offense, completing 4 of 7 passes for 74 yards. Meyer tossed a 31-yard completion to senior tight end Derek Carter (Smithfield, Va.) and hit redshirt freshman tight end Keith Willis (Norfolk, Va.) with passes of 25 and 15 yards.

Redshirt sophomore Grant Noel (Ridgeley, W.Va.), who is competing with Meyer for the No. 2 quarterback spot, was 2-for-4 passing and had the longest completion of the afternoon, a 38-yard strike to redshirt freshman split end Andraé Harrison (Newport News, Va.). Starting quarterback Michael Vick (Newport News, Va.) was 0-for-6 passing during the scrimmage.

Tailback Keith Burnell, a redshirt sophomore from Chesapeake, Va., was the leading rusher in the scrimmage with 51 yards on seven carries. True freshman Josh Spence (Riner, Va.) rushed for 40 yards on six carries.

Tech's young defensive unit registered 10 sacks, including two each by tackle Dan Wilkinson (r-Jr. West Palm Beach, Fla.) and ends Ron Cook (r-Jr. Montclair, N.J.) and Jim Davis (Fr. Highland Springs, Va.). Redshirt junior tackle David Pugh (Madison Heights, Va.) added three tackles behind the line, including a sack.

"Next week is going to be a critical week for this football team," Beamer said. "We need a lot of improvement on both sides of the football, and in the kicking game, too."

Tech is scheduled to open its 2000 season against Georgia Tech in the BCA Bowl on Aug. 27 at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. The 8 p.m. game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.