Hokies go through first practice in full pads
August 15, 2001

BLACKSBURG - A couple of players suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning as the Hokies went through their first practice in full pads. The Hokies are scheduled to go through another workout in full pads this afternoon.

Receiver Richard Johnson and offensive tackle Anthony Davis had their practices cut short because of injuries. Johnson suffered a slight pull of his hamstring, while Davis injured his back after someone accidentally stepped on it during a drill. Neither injury is serious.

Tech's other injured players, Ernest Wilford and Larry Austin, missed the morning practice while nursing hamstring injuries and defensive tackle David Pugh did limited work while nursing a sore knee. Austin and Wilford probably will miss the next few days of practice.

Also, tight end Browning Wynn had an MRI performed this morning on his back. Tech trainer Mike Goforth said the MRI was done more as a precautionary measure than anything else and he expected the results of that MRI this afternoon. Wynn went through limited work in the morning practice.

Pugh and Noel saw action in the training room after practice. Pugh had to ice his right eye after his contact lens caused his eye to become irritated and his vision to become blurry. Quarterback Grant Noel got his usual 20 minutes of ice on his throwing arm. "It helps to keep it fresh and lively," he said.

Tech's staff cut back on its pass skeleton drills - where the offensive passing goes against the defensive secondary and linebackers - and did more team-related stuff. Noel looked sharp and the battle continues for the No. 2 job between Jason Davis, Chris Clifton, Bryan Randall and Will Hunt. Randall, the state's No. 1 prospect last spring, admitted to reporters afterwards that a sore arm was affecting his throwing.

Tech head coach Frank Beamer and offensive coordinator Rickey Bustle weren't particularly pleased with the offense's performance this morning. And the players paid for it by doing a few extra up-downs after practice.

"During two-a-days, you either come out here and get better or you come out here and just get through it," Beamer said. "We had too many players trying to get through it. That's not typical of us and it's not going to be typical.

"I think some of it's just concentration. A lot of times, it's one guy jumping offsides or another guy dropping a pass, and on offense, that makes everyone look bad. But we're going to come out here this afternoon and get better."