Vick Sits Out Wednesday Practice
QB still listed as day-to-day
November 1, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick sat out practice for the second day in a row in preparation for the upcoming Miami game. Vick did not dress in pads and threw the ball around lightly at the beginning of practice. The sophomore came to practice in sweatpants, his usual yellow jersey, a cleated shoe on his left foot and a protective boot on his right foot.

"I'm better, but I'm still not able to do what I do," Vick said before practice Wednesday. "I haven't tried the new brace, but I want to get out there and test it. It's still going to be a game-time decision for me."

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said that no starter has been named.

"We haven't named a starting quarterback yet, but we're planning on Dave Meyer being our quarterback," he said. "But we'll have to wait and see. I think Michael is getting better, but I don't know if there's enough time. He's still questionable and it is going to be a last-minute decision."

Beamer also said that second-string running back André Kendrick will go into the game as the third-string quarterback -backing up Meyer and Grant Noel - if Vick is unable to play. Kendrick has taken reps from under center each of the last two days. The senior was a quarterback at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va.

Vick threw a ball around with injured teammate Seth Noonkester before observing practice. Director of Athletic Training Mike Goforth said Vick would try to do some drop-back passing in his protective boot.

"He's still improving day to day, but he's still questionable for the game," Goforth said. "We had Michael jogging on a mini-tramp, which is less stress on the ankle, but it's a long way from doing what he needs to do in a game. He's going to be a game-time decision. We're going to have to see how he looks in warm-ups and go from there."

In other injury news, starters Ben Taylor (LB), Emmett Johnson (WR) and André Davis (WR) all practiced, but wore blue jerseys, signifying limited contact. Taylor suffered a sprained right ankle in practice Tuesday while Johnson is suffering from a bruised right quadricep muscle and a banged up left shoulder. Davis is still suffering from bursitis in his left ankle.

"Ben will play," Goforth said. "We'll rest it and give him as much treatment as possible. Emmett is suffering from a slight shoulder strain and bruised quad, but he should be able to go. André is wearing a special brace similar to Michael's and we'll have to keep evaluating him each day."