Tech defense headlines first fall scrimmage
Hokies finish with five sacks
August 14, 2004

Tech's defense finished with five sacks and Bryan Randall threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jeff King to highlight the Hokies' first scrimmage of the fall played Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

Randall, a senior from Williamsburg, Va., completed three of his four pass attempts for 42 yards, including the touchdown to King, a redshirt junior tight end from Pulaski, Va. Randall played little in the scrimmage as Tech's staff wanted to get freshmen Cory Holt and Sean Glennon plenty of reps.

Holt and Glennon looked like freshmen in this scrimmage. Glennon completed 3-of-8 for nine yards and fumbled once, while Holt completed 1-of-3 for six yards.

"We don't hold our defense back and when you're stunting and blitzing, that's tough on those guys [Holt and Glennon]," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "Offensively, we just weren't hitting on all cylinders. We'd have a decent play and then a so-so play. Defensively, we flew around, but we had some breakdowns.

"I thought this looked like a first scrimmage. We've got a lot of work to do."

King's touchdown and a 37-yard field goal by Nic Schmitt marked the only scoring in the scrimmage. Brandon Pace, the front-runner for the starting nod at kicker, had two field goals and an extra point blocked. Defensive end Jim Davis blocked two, while King blocked the other.

"I think what that says is our field-goal protection team needs to improve," Beamer said. "And we had a low snap on one that caused some problems. But I'm proud of our field-goal block unit. They did a nice job of getting penetration."

Defensively, James Anderson, a redshirt junior whip linebacker, and defensive back Brian McPherson led the charge with four tackles each. Jimmy Williams, Chad Cooper, Kory Robertson, Chris Ellis, and Bob Ruff each recorded sacks, while Brian McPherson and Noland Burchette broke up passes.

The defense, with all the sacks, held Tech's offense to just 10 yards rushing. George Bell, a freshman tailback, led the Hokies with 16 yards on six carries. Justin Hamilton finished with five yards on two carries and Branden Ore finished with five yards on four carries. Eddie Royal, a freshman receiver, added 10 yards on a reverse.

Jeremy Gilchrist, another freshman, led Tech in receiving with three catches for 12 yards. Josh Hyman caught one pass for 15 yards, and both Chris Clifton and Royal caught one pass each for seven and three yards, respectively.

Tech will hold its next scrimmage on Tuesday at Lane Stadium. The Hokies open the season on Aug. 28th when they take on Southern Cal at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., in the BCA Classic.

Injury notes - Xavier Adibi (hamstring), Darryl Tapp (hamstring), Richard Johnson (groin) and Isaac Montgomery (knee) all sat out the scrimmage with ailments.

In other news, freshman tight end Maurice Reevey underwent surgery on his left foot Thursday at Montgomery Regional Hospital to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal. Reevey is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.