Vick Sits Out Of Practice Once Again
QB "feeling better than yesterday"
November 2, 2000

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

"I'm feeling better than yesterday, but I'm still not where I need to be," Vick said before practice Thursday. "I'm just hoping to get better each day and we'll see what happens on Saturday."

"Michael continues to improve each day, but whether he can play Saturday or not depends on what he does tomorrow [at Friday's walk-through]," head coach Frank Beamer said. "Dave Meyer has practiced very well this week and will do a good job if Michael can't go."

Vick did sit-ups and push-ups with injured teammates Larry Austin and Seth Noonkester before observing practice.

"I've got nothing new," Director of Athletic Training Mike Goforth said. "I'm running out of material. He's still improving, but he's got a long way to go if he's going to play. He's still going to be a game-time decision."

In other injury news, starters Ben Taylor (LB) and André Davis (WR) both practiced, but wore blue jerseys, signifying limited contact. Taylor is suffering from a sprained right ankle while Davis is suffering from bursitis in his left ankle. Starting wide receiver Emmett Johnson was back to full-contact today after wearing blue yesterday.

The Hokies went through a light two-hour practice Thursday, wearing helmets and shorts. The team will leave Friday afternoon for Miami, where it will go through a walk-through at the Orange Bowl. Tech (8-0, 6-0) faces Miami (6-1, 3-0) at noon on Saturday in a game that will be televised by CBS.