Witten, Provitt top depth chart changes
August 28, 2001

Tech head coach Frank Beamer confirmed at Tuesday's press conference that split end Shawn Witten and whip Deon Provitt will start Saturday against UConn. The starts mark the first of their careers.

Witten, a junior, caught nine passes for 88 yards a year ago. He gets the nod over senior Emmett Johnson, who has missed some practice time with a quad strain. Terrell Parham, a redshirt junior, won the back-up job behind starter André Davis at flanker.

Provitt, a redshirt sophomore, suffered a hip flexor early in fall practice, but has enjoyed a terrific camp since. He beat out redshirt junior T.J. Jackson for the starting spot. Jackson has missed some time with a hamstring strain.

Michael Crawford, a redshirt sophomore, edged out Billy Hardee for the back-up job behind Kevin McCadam at rover. That battle, though, figures to continue all season.

And finally, Beamer announced that Kevin Lewis, a sophomore defensive tackle from Richmond, will redshirt this season. Lewis played last season as a true freshman, recording 15 tackles. But with seniors Dan Wilkinson and Channing Reed returning, along with the improvement of redshirt sophomore Mark Costen, Beamer, Lewis and his family decided it was best for Lewis to redshirt.

"We think Kevin's got a bright future at Virginia Tech," Beamer said. "But we've got a lot of good players there and Kevin was the only one with a redshirt year available. He can take advantage of this and end up being a three-year starter for us."