Big plays on all sides highlight second scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
August 18, 2007

BLACKSBURG - Tech quarterback Sean Glennon, who only played a handful of snaps in the Hokies' first scrimmage, got things going in a big way, connecting touchdown on the very first play, as the Virginia Tech football squad held its second scrimmage of the fall on Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

Going against Tech's second-team defense, Glennon aired it out on the first play of the scrimmage, hitting Josh Morgan with a perfect strike. Morgan, who had slipped past Stephan Virgil, hauled it in for a 65-yard touchdown reception.

Glennon led the way for Tech's offense, completing 6-of-10 for 117 yards, with one touchdown. Morgan caught two passes for a team-high 87 yards.

"I've been so antsy to get out there in a game situation," Glennon said. "I wanted to get out there in Lane Stadium in a game situation. I still wasn't perfect today. I still missed a couple of balls and I missed a couple of reads. But for the most, I thought I played pretty good and hopefully I'll stepped my game up a notch for East Carolina."

"I thought he handled things well," Tech head coach Frank Beamer. "Any time you can go out and be successful, it's good for your psyche."

Tech's offense tacked on four more touchdowns on the day, with all four coming in goal-line situations. Branden Ore, who carried just two times in the scrimmage, scored on a 2-yard run, while Carlton Weatherford scored on a 1-yard dive and Jahre Cheeseman got into the end zone on a 2-yard run. The other touchdown came through the air, as back-up quarterback Ike Whitaker hit Justin Harper on a 3-yard fade pattern. Whitaker completed 4-of-11 for 23 yards in the scrimmage and he caught one pass for 4 yards.

Only one of those touchdowns, though, came against Tech's stout first-team defense. Cam Martin and Cody Grimm led all defenders with five tackles each. Martin recorded two tackles for a loss, notched a sack, and forced a fumble of Whitaker on a possession. Orion Martin added four tackles - three for a loss - and a sack. Tech's defense finished with eight sacks on the day.

The only disconcerting thing that happened in the scrimmage occurred on special teams where kicker Jud Dunlevy missed three field goals and had another one blocked. Dunlevy missed two from 52 yards and another from 29, and had a 28-yard attempt blocked by Duane Brown.

"It was just one of those days," the redshirt senior from Roanoke Rapids, N.C., said. "I wasn't hitting the ball as square as I wanted to and as I had been in practice. But I still feel confident. I'm not going to get down about it."

"He's been good," Beamer said. "Last week, in team situations, he didn't miss. He hit the two long ones good. So I still feel the same about him as I did before.

"Kickers are like quarterbacks. You can't have them in and out. This is the direction we are going, and again, last week, he made all the kicks. We'll keep our competition going, but he's ahead of the pack right now."

Tech also treated fans at the open scrimmage to a couple of other huge special teams plays. Eddie Royal returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown, and Victor Harris returned a kickoff 41 yards. The punters also enjoyed a much better afternoon than they did a week ago, as Brent Bowden averaged 45.6 yards per punt on three punts, with a long of 52, and Brian Saunders averaged 50 yards per punt on two punts, with a long of 62.

"Overall, I thought it [the scrimmage] was good," Beamer said. "I thought there were enough good things to give you hope and enough bad things that make you realize we need to get back to work.

"We had a long punt return, but then why aren't we covering better? We had a blocked kick, but what happened there? We had a good kickoff return, but why wasn't the kickoff coverage better? But overall, for the second scrimmage, I thought it [the scrimmage] was good."

Tech's next scrimmage will be next Friday, Aug. 24 at Lane Stadium, but unlike the first two, this one will be closed to the public. The Hokies open the season on Sept. 1 against East Carolina.



Field GoalsMadeMissed
Dunlevy52, 29, 52, 28 (blocked)


Hall3001 FF
C. Martin5121 FF
D. Brown1 block FG

Morgan 65 yd pass from Glennon
Royal 88 yd punt return
Ore 2 yd run (goal line)
Weatherford 1 yd run (goal line)
FG Waldron 29 yd
Cheeseman 2 yd run (goal line)
Harper 3 yd pass from Whitaker (goal line)