Willis Misses Practice
Hokies forced inside due to rain
October 29, 2002

BLACKSBURG - For the second day in a row, the Virginia Tech football team was forced inside Rector Field House for practice because of rain and cold weather in the Blacksburg area. The Hokies received a scare when starting tight end Keith Willis missed practice due to an acute illness. The Norfolk, Va., native was sent to Montgomery Regional Hospital for testing. His status is uncertain for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh. If he can't go, look for redshirt freshman Jeff King to make his first collegiate start.

In other injury news, tailback Mike Imoh will be back full for Wednesday after missing last week's game with a sprained ankle. He is listed as probable for Saturday. Jimmy E. Williams (ankle, knee) practiced full Tuesday and is listed as probable for Saturday. Nathaniel Adibi (neck strain) had limited work, but is probable.

Kicker Carter Warley began one-step progression kicks Monday and tolerated it well, according to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth. He has begun kicking soccer balls and is now listed as questionable for next Saturday's game at Syracuse.

Linebacker Vegas Robinson began working out on Tech's underwater treadmill - the HydroTrack - on Monday and is having a good week of rehabilitation, according to Goforth. He is out for this week's game, but is listed as questionable for the Syracuse game.

Defensively, line coach Charley Wiles has begun rotating three defensive ends in the two starting spots. Last week, Cols Colas and Jim Davis got the nod and Wiles announced Tuesday that Davis and Adibi will start this week. Next week, Colas and Adibi will start and it will rotate the rest of the season. Head coach Frank Beamer also announced Tuesday at his weekly press luncheon that he is planning on starting DeAngelo Hall and Ronyell Whitaker at the corner spots, but will continue to evaluate both of them, along with Garnell Wilds and Vincent Fuller this week before making a final decision later this week.

Finally, ESPN the Magazine's Gene Wojciechowski will arrive in Blacksburg Tuesday night and spend the week in town interviewing several players and coaches for an upcoming piece, specifically on the defense. Wojciechowski will talk to Willie Pile, Hall, Bud Foster and several others during the week before attending Saturday's game.