Pugh, Taylor Earn All-America Honors
Jones, Hall earn Freshman A-A accolades
December 11, 2001

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech's Ben Taylor and David Pugh were honored as football All-Americans Tuesday, making The Sporting News' third-team squad. Additionally, freshmen Kevin Jones and DeAngelo Hall also earned honors, being named Freshman All-Americans by the publication. Jones made the second team while Hall was tabbed for the fourth team.

Taylor, who was also named to the Football News' second team, led the Hokies in tackles with 121. He also had 18 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries in 11 games this year. He has started the last 35 games at linebacker for Tech. The Bellaire, Ohio, native was also a first-team All-BIG EAST selection and the runner-up for the Dudley Award. It is the second All-America honor for Taylor this year and the second year in a row he has been named among the nation's best.

Pugh, a senior from Madison Heights, Va., was one of the best defensive tackles not only in the league, but in the nation. The defensive tackle, who made the All-BIG EAST first team for the second straight year, had 50 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in 10 games. It is the first such award for Pugh in his Tech career.

Jones, a true freshman from Chester, Pa., led the Hokies in rushing with 957 yards on 175 carries with five touchdowns. He was named the BIG EAST's Rookie of the Year. Jones started just the last three games, averaging nearly 160 yards rushing per game during those three contests. He averaged 5.5 yards per rush this season.

Hall started just one game, but played in all 11 for the Hokies this year. The Chesapeake, Va., native had 42 tackles, three interceptions and three passes broken up on the year.

The Tech football team is preparing for its battle with Florida State in the Toyota Gator Bowl, to be played Jan. 1, 2002, in Jacksonville, Fla. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m., at Alltel Stadium.