Pace headlines second scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
August 20, 2005

BLACKSBURG - Brandon Pace booted four field goals and three different running backs scored on short touchdown runs as the Hokies participated in their second full-squad scrimmage of the preseason Saturday afternoon, this one inside of Lane Stadium.

Pace, a redshirt junior from Virginia Beach, nailed two field goals of 47 yards, hit another from 45 and drilled one from 31 yards. His performance headlined a great day for Tech's kickers as punter Nic Schmitt averaged 48.5 yards per punt on two punts and kickoff standouts Jared Develli and Jud Dunlevy blasted kickoffs deep.

"Our kickers are kicking the ball really well," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I've got to tell Jared and Jud not to kick the ball in the end zone just so that we can get some work on kickoff returns, and I'm pleased with Schmitt. He had a great week of practice. That whole group has been kicking well."

Tech's offense took advantage of goal-line situations to score three touchdowns. Mike Imoh scored on a 3-yard run, and both Branden Ore and George Bell scored on 1-yard runs. Ore led the Hokies in rushing with 24 yards on eight carries.

Marcus Vick paced the Hokies' passing attack, completing 5-of-8 for 49 yards. Sean Glennon hit 2-of-3 for 21 yards, while Cory Holt went 2-for-5 for six yards. Josh Hyman, Justin Harper and Jeremy Gilchrist each caught two passes.

"I thought it was a good scrimmage for us," Beamer said. "The effort was good. Offensively, I think our line is playing better. I think defensively, particularly that first unit, is getting after them really good. And we didn't have near the penalties that we had in the last scrimmage.

"We've got to hit some more deep balls. I think we really only tried one today, but I think that has got to be an emphasis. We've got to get that ball deeper or at least to the intermediate area a little bit more.

"Overall, I was pleased with what we saw. This will be a good film to evaluate and then try to determine our travel squad for Raleigh [for the Sept. 4 opener at N.C. State]. We made progress this week. We're much better than we were last week and I feel better about where we are at this point."

Defensively, mike linebacker Vince Hall led the way with five tackles and two sacks. Cary Wade also tallied five tackles, while Darryl Tapp recorded three sacks and Jonathan Lewis added two sacks. Combined, Tech finished with 10 sacks on the day.

The team was already scheduled to have Sunday off and Beamer has now given the team Monday off as well. Monday is the first day of classes at Virginia Tech. The Hokies will hold their final live scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 27th.