Hokies Hold Final Preseason Football Scrimmage
Pile, Wilford Contribute Big Plays
August 19, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Free safety Willie Pile intercepted two passes for the defense, and flanker Ernest Wilford made a pair of outstanding catches for the offense during Virginia Tech's last full scrimmage of the preseason, Saturday night, at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

"It took awhile for our offense to get hitting on all cylinders," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said after the workout. "Our defense took the opposite approach and got after people from the start. Overall, I'd have to say I'm happy with where we are."

Pile (r-So. Alexandria, Va.) intercepted two passes early in the scrimmage, returning one 41 yards. The defense also got a 46-yard interception return from redshirt sophomore cornerback Ronyell Whitaker (Norfolk, Va.) and a 4-yard return from true freshman safety Vincent Fuller (Baltimore, Md.).

Ends Jim Davis (Fr. Highland Springs, Va.) and Lamar Cobb (r-So. Hurt, Va.) each contributed two quarterback sacks during the workout. Davis also had two other tackles for loss. Redshirt sophomore defensive back Billy Hardee (Winter Haven, Fla.) and linebacker Jake Houseright (Jr. Gate City, Va.) led the way in tackles with six each.

Offensively, Wilford (r-Fr. Richmond, Va.) hauled in two passes from quarterback Michael Vick (r-So. Newport News, Va.) for a total of 65 yards. The 6-5 receiver turned his first reception into a 50-yard gain, then made an over-the-shoulder grab of Vick's next pass for a 15-yard touchdown. Vick finished the scrimmage 8-for-19 passing for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Fullback Jarrett Ferguson (r-Jr. Goodview, Va.) and tailback Lee Suggs (r-So. Roanoke, Va.) each contributed rushing touchdowns. Ferguson raced 24 yards for a TD on a quick hand-off up the middle, while Suggs bulled six yards for a score. Redshirt junior tailback Wayne Ward (Plant City, Fla.) was the leading rusher with 43 yards on five carries. Kicker Carter Warley (r-Fr. Richmond, Va.) was good on two of his three field goal attempts, connecting from 37 and 47 yards and missing from 42.

Tech is scheduled to open the 2000 football season against Georgia Tech in the BCA Bowl on Aug. 27 at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. The 8 p.m. game will be televised by ESPN2.