Willis' two TDs bright spots in scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
August 13, 2002

Tight end Keith Willis caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Bryan Randall as the Hokies held their second scrimmage of the fall Tuesday evening at Lane Stadium.

The scrimmage centered mostly around goal-line situations, with the offense driving in for scores, and at other times, trying to drive out from their own end zone. On this day, the offense got the better of the defense.

"I thought this was one of our better second scrimmages for our offense," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "And that probably says we've got a lot to do defensively. This will be a good video to go over and learn from and that's what we're going to do tonight [Tuesday].

"But I thought our execution was good offensively. And we kicked the ball well. We went full speed with our coverage units to get them some work and we've still got a lot to do there."

Grant Noel completed 6-of-9 for 48 yards and one interception to lead the passing attack, while Randall completed 4-of-6 for 42 yards and the two touchdowns. Marcus Vick completed 2-of-3 for 20 yards and a touchdown - a 5-yard strike to Josh Spence.

Willis, a redshirt junior, caught touchdown passes of 22 and 6 yards and led the Hokies with three catches for 39 yards. Spence, a fullback, caught three passes for 39, with no other Hokie catching more than one pass.

"Coach [Bryan] Stinespring and Coach [Danny] Pearman are giving me a chance to make some plays," Willis said. "I know I can do it. I just have to go out there and prove it. Now I just need to keep getting better and better.

"I thought it was a great day for our offense. We've got the greatest defense in the country and we, as an offense, were moving the ball on them. People keep talking about the offense and the receivers and the quarterback situation and all that, but these guys want to work hard and we're going to keep working hard. If we do that, we're going to be good."

Tech's running game also got cranked up. Lee Suggs got more work in this scrimmage, carrying the ball eight times for 36 yards and scored on a 2-yard run, while Kevin Jones carried five times for 33 yards and scored two touchdowns (11 and 3 yards, respectively).

Carter Warley hit two field goals in the scrimmage, connecting from 47 and 34 yards out. Nic Schmitt had a 47-yarder blocked after a poor snap.

Schmitt and Vinnie Burns continued the punting battle. Burns punted twice, averaging 47.5 yards per punt, while Schmitt punted twice, averaging 45.5.

The defense had some bright spots, recording five sacks - one each for Jim Davis, Nathaniel Adibi, Lamar Cobb and Vinnie Fuller, and a half sack each to Cols Colas and Kevin Lewis. Vegas Robinson recorded five tackles, including a jarring stop of Mike Imoh on a fourth-and goal.

Mikal Baaqee and Davis also finished with five tackles. Jimmy Williams, a freshman, keeps playing well, recording six tackles and the lone interception of the game. Aaron Rouse, another freshman, also had six tackles.

In other news, Mike Daniels is expected to return to practice Wednesday. Daniels has missed most of the past week with a sore hamstring.

Tech will have another scrimmage on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. The Hokies open the season on Aug. 25th against Arkansas State.