Freshman Bryan Randall Earns No. 2 Quarterback Spot
Tailback Kevin Jones also slated to see action as true freshman
August 19, 2001

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer announced Sunday that true freshman Bryan Randall of Williamsburg, Va., will be the Hokies' No. 2 quarterback for the 2001 season behind starter Grant Noel.

Randall earned the nod in a close battle with fellow freshman Chris Clifton (Chesapeake, Va.). The 6-1, 208-pound Randall was a Parade All-American as a senior at Bruton High School and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the commonwealth of Virginia. He accounted for 2,826 yards passing and 2,169 yards rushing during his final two seasons at Bruton.

"Bryan is very poised," Beamer said. "He has done a good job picking up our offensive system and he has done things right on a consistent basis. For a freshman to be able to do that in such a short amount of time is quite an accomplishment.

"We were very impressed with Chris, too," Beamer added. "We are anxious to see him continue to develop and believe he has a bright future."

Beamer said Tech plans to use redshirt freshman Jason Davis (Sevierville, Tenn.) as the No. 3 quarterback. That will allow the Hokies to redshirt Clifton and fellow freshman quarterback recruit Will Hunt (Springdale, Ark.).

Following Tech's Sunday afternoon workout, Beamer also said the Hokies plan to play true freshman tailback Kevin Jones of Chester, Pa. Jones, who was ranked the nation's top high school player in 2000 by numerous recruiting publications, will battle redshirt junior Keith Burnell (Chesapeake, Va.) and senior Wayne Ward (Plant City, Fla.) for playing time behind junior starter Lee Suggs (Roanoke, Va.). Suggs led the nation in scoring last season and was the top rusher in the BIG EAST Conference on the way to third-team All-America recognition from The Associated Press.

"We have three outstanding tailbacks in this year's recruiting class," Beamer said, referring to Jones, Justin Hamilton (Clintwood, Va.) and Cedric Humes (Virginia Beach, Va.). "We are excited about the abilities of all three. Right now, we plan to play Kevin. He is ready physically to handle things on this level."

Running backs coach Billy Hite called picking which tailbacks would play, "the toughest decision I've had to make. Kevin has come along in the passing game and in protection. Physically, he is ready. And with the football in his hands, he is as good as anybody I've had at this stage."