Ore's three TD runs pace Hokies in final scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
August 27, 2005

BLACKSBURG - The Hokies showed their depth in the offensive backfield Saturday afternoon as redshirt freshman tailback Branden Ore scored three touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 85 yards on seven carries to highlight Tech's final scrimmage of the fall in preparation for their opener at N.C. State.

Ore scored on runs of 51, 9 and 2 yards, accounting for all three of Tech's touchdowns in the scrimmage. He made several nice moves on the 51-yarder, going up the middle, breaking two tackles and then running down the sideline into the end zone.

"I think both George [Bell] and I are just trying to show the coaches that if anything happens to Cedric [Humes] or Mike [Imoh], we wouldn't miss a beat," Ore said. "We can go out there and take care of business just like those guys do."

Bell, another redshirt freshman, also enjoyed a stellar day, rushing for 70 yards on 11 carries. Humes rushed for 16 yards and six carries, while Imoh sat out the scrimmage as a precaution. Imoh had fluid drained from his knee a couple of weeks ago.

"[Branden] Ore had some good runs," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "He put the ball on the ground one time, but I thought he showed some quickness through the hole. And I thought George Bell showed some good ability, too. Those two guys were kind of the highlights of the running backs."

Offensively, the Hokies looked much better in this scrimmage than in previous scrimmages. Quarterback Marcus Vick completed 9-of-13 for 119 yards, while Sean Glennon - who won the back-up job earlier this week - completed 2-of-3 for 11 yards and Cory Holt completed 5-of-8 for 63 yards. Holt would have had a touchdown pass, but tight end John Kinzer dropped one of his throws in the end zone - one of a few drops for the Hokies on the day.

Josh Morgan led the receivers with five catches for 91 yards. Jeremy Gilchrist caught four for 32 and Eddie Royal caught two for 26.

"I feel good about where we are," Vick said. "We started out kind of shaky today, but we really picked it up at the end. Now it's time to get ready and see what we have against N.C. State."

"Marcus is doing well," Beamer said. "I'll be glad to see him out there without that yellow jersey on [Tech QBs aren't hit in practice]. I think he'll be a different quarterback when we don't have officials stopping play once a defensive player gets around him.

"He missed on a couple today, but he also made some nice throws. I think he's right where he needs to be."

Defensively, Blake Warren led everyone with six tackles, while Corey Gordon added four tackles, including two for a loss, and a sack. Darryl Tapp finished with four tackles and two sacks.

Brandon Pace accounted for the rest of Tech's scoring, hitting field goals of 29 and 25 yards. He missed from 45 yards out.

Nic Schmitt solidified his status as the starting punter, averaging 53.3 yards per punt on three punts, with a long of 58.

The Hokies hold a scripts scrimmage Sunday - one where the team goes over special situations - and then will take off Monday. They'll start normal game preparations for N.C. State on Tuesday.

"I think it's time for us to get out there and play now," Beamer said. "This camp has been six days longer than normal, so I think it's time to get ready for N.C. State and to play someone besides ourselves."