Hokies hold second scrimmage of preseason
Vince Hall takes advantage of opportunities
August 17, 2004

BLACKSBURG - Short touchdown runs by Justin Hamilton and George Bell and a tremendous performance from a redshirt freshman linebacker were the highlights of the Hokies' second scrimmage of the fall played Tuesday evening at Lane Stadium.

Tech spent most of the 50-plus play scrimmage working on goal-line situations, with the offense often taking possession of the ball deep in the opposition's territory. Hamilton scored on a 1-yard run on one possession, while freshman George Bell scored on a 5-yard run on another. Both Hamilton and Bell got plenty of work in this one. Bell rushed for 33 yards on eight carries, while Hamilton rushed for 30 yards on 10 carries. Freshman Branden Ore finished with 11 yards on seven carries.

Quarterback Bryan Randall led Tech's passing attack, completing 6-of-9 for 68 yards. Freshman Cory Holt completed 3-of-6 for 16 yards, while freshman Sean Glennon completed his lone attempt for three yards. Redshirt freshman Josh Hyman caught three passes for 32 yards to lead the receivers. No other receiver caught more than one pass.

"I thought it was a better overall scrimmage [than last Saturday's]," head coach Frank Beamer said. "I thought our offense showed a lot of improvement and we really kicked the ball well. I thought we made a lot of progress as a team today."

Brandon Pace fared well kicking the ball, making three of his four attempts. He connected on two field goals of 43 yards and another of 36 yards. His lone miss came from 36 yards and it nearly snuck in inside the left upright.

Tech's defense continued its solid play, led by Vince Hall, a 6-foot, 240-pounder from Chesapeake, Va. Hall got to work with the first-team defense because of an injury to Mikal Baaqee and he made the most of it. He finished with a scrimmage-high seven tackles and he also finished with two of the Hokies' four sacks on the day.

Mike Daniels, a reserve safety, added five tackles for the Hokies, while starting cornerback Jimmy Williams finished with four tackles, including one for a loss, and a sack. James Griffin and Vinnie Fuller finished with four tackles each as well.

Tech played its second scrimmage without projected starting tailback Cedric Humes, who is still recovering from a broken leg suffered this spring. Humes thought he had re-injured the ankle in Monday morning's practice, but X-rays turned out to be negative and Tech's coaching staff hopes to play Humes in Saturday's scrimmage.

"I think he needs to get some work in Saturday's scrimmage," Beamer said. "We're not going to put him out there unless he's 100 percent, but he needs some work before he tangles against those guys [USC]."

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

Injury report - Tech suffered one serious injury in the scrimmage. Rashad Ferebee, a 5-foot-8, 260-pound walk-on offensive lineman from Granby High in Norfolk, Va., broke his fibula and surgery is pending. He will miss the season.

Several players did not participate in the scrimmage due to injury. Those include Darryl Tapp (hamstring), Mikal Baaqee (trap strain), Brandon Flowers (lower leg), David Clowney (groin), Tripp Carroll (concussion) and Humes (ankle). Tapp, Humes and Clowney are all expected to be back for Wednesday's practice.