Suggs Stars In Second Preseason Football Scrimmage
Beamer impressed by Hokies' intensity
August 15, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Tailback Lee Suggs scored three touchdowns, including one on a 90-yard run, as Virginia Tech completed its second scrimmage of preseason football practice Tuesday night at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

Suggs, a redshirt sophomore from Roanoke, Va., rushed for 114 yards on nine carries during the scrimmage. He broke loose around left end and out-raced defenders on his 90-yard TD run. He also added short touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards during goal-line situations.

"Lee really showed his speed on that long touchdown run," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "But I thought he also showed his toughness tonight by sticking the ball in the end zone on those short runs against some aggressive defensive play."

Overall, Beamer came away pleased with the workout. "I feel better about this football team after tonight," he said. "I thought the intensity was excellent. For the middle of preseason practice we got after it pretty good. Now, we need to finish this week off strong."

Beamer noted that the only disappointing thing about the scrimmage was dropped passes. Starting quarterback Michael Vick (Newport News, Va.), who was 4 of 10 passing for 58 yards, saw several of his aerials dropped. Grant Noel, a redshirt sophomore from Ridgeley, W.Va., led the quarterbacks, completing 5 of 6 passes for 76 yards. Noel had a 40-yard touchdown strike to flanker Mike Donahue (r-Jr. Barrington, R.I.).

The offense also got a 4-yard touchdown run from redshirt sophomore tailback Keith Burnell (Chesapeake, Va.). Flanker André Davis (Niskayuna, N.Y.) led the Tech receiving corps with three catches for 54 yards.

Defensively, the Hokies were led by tackles Chad Beasley (r-Jr. Gate City, Va.) and David Pugh (r-Jr. Madison Heights, Va.), who contributed eight and seven tackles, respectively. Linebacker Benny Wolfe, another Gate City product, had seven tackles including a sack, while defensive end Lamar Cobb (r-So. Hurt, Va.) added four tackles, a sack, another tackle for loss and two batted passes. Free safety Willie Pile (r-So. Alexandria, Va.) and linebacker Brian Welch (r-Jr. Fairfax, Va.) contributed interceptions.

On special teams, redshirt sophomore Jon Mollerup (Lyndhurst, Va.) made five of his seven field goal attempts. Mollerup made kicks of 26, 45, 36, 40 and 22 yards, while missing from 46 and 49 yards. Freshman Vinnie Burns (New Orleans, La.) punted three times for a 51-yard average, while redshirt sophomore Ronyell Whitaker (Norfolk, Va.) turned in a 42-yard punt return.

Tech is scheduled to open the 2000 football season against Georgia Tech in the BCA Bowl on Aug. 27 at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.