Worilds' big day headlines first Tech scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
August 11, 2007

BLACKSBURG - Jason Worilds underwent a name change this past summer, but one thing that hasn't changed is his immense potential.

Worilds put that on display on Saturday, blocking a punt and later stripping the ball from a quarterback and returning that one 57 yards for a touchdown, as the Hokies held their first scrimmage of the fall at Lane Stadium.

Worilds, a redshirt freshman from Cartaret, N.J., went by the name of Jason Adjepong last season before changing his name to his mother's last name as a way to honor her. People will soon learn of his new name if he keeps playing this way.

He quickly made his presence felt in this 66-play affair, blocking Brent Bowden's first punt attempt of the game.

"Coach Beamer has been stressing that," Worilds said. "He puts a lot of emphasis on that and we've been watching a lot of film on it. I knew it was going to happen before the play, so I just went out and made a play."

Worilds, who played in two games last season before re-injuring his shoulder and undergoing shoulder surgery that put an end to his season, later stripped Ike Whitaker from the back side, picked up the ball and ran it 57 yards for a touchdown. He finished with three tackles - two for a loss - a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.

"He's got exceptional ability," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "He's had a good summer and I think he's going to be a great player for us."

Worilds' big plays were just a couple of many by a Tech defense that dominated the day. Xavier Adibi finished with five tackles, including two for a loss, and a sack, while Orion Martin added five tackles, including one for a loss, and he batted a pass. Rashad Carmichael and Matt Reidy each recorded interceptions.

Offensively, the Hokies' lone score came on a beautiful 16-yard run by Cory Holt on a busted play. Holt juggled the snapped and then took off to his left, making a couple of moves before running into the end zone.

Holt, Ike Whitaker and Tyrod Taylor got the majority of reps at quarterback. Holt completed just 2-of-8 for 18 yards, while Whitaker - rotating between quarterback and receiver - completed 3-of-5 for 83 yards, including a long one to Josh Morgan.

Taylor completed 6-of-10 for 30 yards, with one interception. Taylor made arguably the play of the game for the offense when he avoided the rush on one play, avoided several tacklers down the field, cut back across the field and ran for 15 yards before being shoved out of bounds.

"I played pretty well," Taylor said. "I could have played better. I missed some things out there. I had an interception. At the end [of the scrimmage], we were taking a shot at the end zone and I should have thrown it more to his [the receiver's] outside shoulder. I'll learn from that. Overall, I did well, but I could have played better."

"I thought he showed some talent," Beamer said. "I think he's a heady player. I know there were a couple of plays he'd like to have back. But overall, he showed a lot of talent."

Sean Glennon, the starter at quarterback, only saw a handful of snaps in this one and did not attempt a pass.

"We wanted to get those other guys some work," Beamer said. "This is only the first scrimmage. We've got two more scrimmages, and Sean has the experience from last year. He's getting the right amount of work."

Morgan led all receivers with two catches for 70 yards and Holt led the rushing attack with 23 yards on four carries.

Tech's kickers got plenty of work in the scrimmage. Jud Dunlevy nailed field goals of 41 and 38 yards, while Dustin Keys hit from 31 yards; Matt Waldron from 33 yards and Jared Develli from 32.

But the kickers also had three blocked. Keys had an attempt from 25 yards blocked by Chris Ellis and Bowden, the punter, had a punt blocked by Worilds and averages 37 yards per punt on three punts. Back-up Brian Saunders averaged 36 yards per punt on two punts, but had one blocked by true freshman Davon Morgan.

"We led the ACC in punt returns last year," Beamer said. "I'd like to get back to leading the ACC in blocked kicks. We've spent a lot of time with our Pride and Joy team [punt block team] and it paid off."

Tech's next scrimmage will be next Saturday, Aug. 18 at Lane Stadium and will be open to the public. The Hokies open the season on Sept. 1 against East Carolina.

TECH NOTES: The Hokies have Sunday off, but will return to the field on Monday. Several of Tech's injured players will return to the practice field, including Eddie Royal (hamstring), Victor Harris (hamstring), Mario Edwards (hamstring) and Richard Graham (hamstring). Barry Booker (toe) will see limited action ... Beamer and his staff plan to meet on Sunday to go over the game film and he stated that meeting will go a long toward determining which true freshmen play this season. Specifically, he said they'd be looking closely at Taylor, the three offensive linemen (Blake DeChristopher, Khalil Latif and Jaymes Brooks), and two defensive backs (Davon Morgan and Cris Hill) ... Will Alvarez, the true freshmen from Woodbridge, Va., who is waiting to be cleared to practice (he's currently practicing under a 14-practice "window"), will practice in full pads on Monday.

Scoring
FG Dunlevy 41
Holt 16 run (Dunlevy kick)
FG Dunlevy 38
Worilds 57 fumble return
FG Keys 31
FG Woldron 33
FG Develli 32

PassingAtt.Comp.Yds.TDINT
Whitaker358300
Taylor1063001
Holt821801
Glennon00000

RushingAtt.Yds.TD
Holt4231
Ore4220
Taylor4210
Lewis180
Oglesby470
Evans350
Cheeseman340
Radford240
Pickle300
Glennon3-50
Whitaker8-180

ReceivingRec.Yds.TD
Morgan2700
Parker2220
Luckett1130
Oglesby1110
Smith2110
Sykes180
Drager160
Whitaker150

Field GoalsMadeMissed
Dunlevy41, 38
Keys3125 (blocked)
Waldron33
Develli32

PuntingNo.Avg.Long
Bowden337.043
Saunders236.040
Team2

DefenseTacklesSacksTFLOther
Adibi512
B. Warren512
Grimm200rec. punt block
D. Morgan400punt block
Worilds322punt block, FF, FR
O. Martin5011 PBU
Ellis212block FG
Carmichael000INT
Reidy000INT