Defense Dominates in First Football Scrimmage
Four Warley field goals account for scoring
August 18, 2001

BLACKSBURG - In usual preseason fashion, the defense dominated the offense in Virginia Tech's first full scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the new Tech practice facility. The Hokie defense recorded nine sacks, 11 total tackles for loss and a fumble in the near-two hour scrimmage.

"This is about what we expect at this point in the preseason," head coach Frank Beamer said. "The defense dominated, but you expect that. You expect the defense to be better than the offense, and they were. We need to block better and we need to protect better. We've got to get our execution down and make sure the defense keeps coming."

Redshirt freshman Jason Lallis (Mitchellville, Md.) led the defense, recording four solo tackles, an assisted stop and a sack. Cols Colas (Plantation, Fla.) had two sacks for minus-16 yards. Alex Markogiannakis (Chantilly, Va.) had five total stops, a TFL and one pass broken up.

On offense, Lee Suggs (Roanoke, Va.) had four rushes for 35 yards to lead the rushing attack. Freshman Kevin Jones (Chester, Pa.) had a 50-yard touchdown run called back and finished with 21 yards on 11 carries.

In the battle at quarterback, Grant Noel (Ridgeley, W.Va.) went 3-for-8 for 27 yards while Bryan Randall (Williamsburg, Va.) went 4-for-6 for 36 yards. Chris Clifton (Chesapeake, Va.) was 0-for-4 passing, but made several nice runs. Neither Jason Davis (Sevierville, Tenn.) nor Will Hunt (Springdale, Ark.) appeared in the scrimmage.

"We need to go in and watch the video to see what went on," Beamer said about the battle for the No. 2 QB spot. "There was a lot happening out there with the 25-second clock going, so we need to go in and watch the video to see where everybody stands."

Emmett Johnson (Chesapeake, Va.) led the receiving corps, catching two passes for 22 yards. Terrell Parham (Bartow, Fla.) caught two passes, as well, for 21 yards.

Carter Warley (Richmond, Va.), who has battled back problems since last season, was perfect on his field goal attempts. He nailed a 44-yard attempt and three 37-yarders.

Vinnie Burns (New Orleans, La.) had four punts, averaging 45.2 yards per punt. He had a long of 53 yards. Robert Peaslee (Pulaski, Va.) had four punts, averaging 41.7 yards with two 45-yard efforts.

But the defense was the story, shutting down the Hokie offense. Kevin McCadam (Lakeside, Calif.), Ben Taylor (Bellaire, Ohio), Chad Cooper (Herndon, Va.), Channing Reed (Trenton, N.J.), Jim Davis (Highland Springs, Va.) and Jason Murphy (Baltimore, Md.) each had a sack while Brian Welch (Fairfax, Va.) recovered a fumble forced by freshman D.J. Walton (Woodbridge, Va.).

"We're not going to see a better defense than the one we go against every day in practice," Suggs said. "Going against them will only make us better and we'll be ready to go by the time the Connecticut game rolls around."