Hokies hold final live scrimmage
By Jimmy Robertson
August 24, 2007

A blocked punt, a Sean Glennon touchdown pass, and terrific defense were the stories as the Hokies went through their final scrimmage of the fall on Friday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

"Again, there was good and bad," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "We were able to get in there and block a kick. Now, why it got blocked, that's an issue. Jud [Dunlevy] started out roughly and finished pretty good.

"I think we've had a good preseason and now it's strictly getting ready for East Carolina. Our effort has been good. We play hard. We've got some tough guys. Now we need to put it into a ball game."

Three touchdowns were scored in the scrimmage, with Glennon getting Tech on the board first with a beautiful 30-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal, who adjusted nicely on the ball to beat true freshman Cris Hill. Glennon, the starter at quarterback, enjoyed a solid afternoon, completing 10-of-17 for 122 yards, with the touchdown and one interception.

The second touchdown came via special teams as Jason Worilds once again made a huge impact on the punt block team. Worilds blocked his second punt of the fall when he slid in and knocked away Brent Bowden's attempt. Davon Morgan, another true freshman seeing extensive time, scooped up the ball and went 17 yards for a touchdown.

"He's had a great preseason camp," Beamer said of Worilds. "He's a talented guy. He's got a burst to him and he has a knack. He can move his body and leverage you. He's had a great preseason camp."

The final score came when Cory Holt took it in from a yard out late in the scrimmage. Holt, the third-team quarterback, faired well in this one, completing 6-of-7 for 19 yards.

Tyrod Taylor, the true freshman quarterback from Hampton, saw extensive action in this one just a few days after being elevated to No. 2 and he made the most of it. He completed 11-of-20 passes for 69 yards and rushed a team-high eight times for 21 yards.

"He got a lot of snaps and had some good throws and had a few that were high," Beamer said. "But I thought his performance was pretty good for a freshman working against some pretty good people. He's a hard man to catch and he's got a good arm.

"I didn't see anything that I thought would be discouraging. I think he's got a good future."

Defensively, Tech's first- and second-team units saw most of the action and played extremely well. Xavier Adibi made his presence felt, leading the way with nine tackles, including two for a loss, and he had 1.5 sacks. Brandon Flowers added six tackles, including one for a loss, and a sack, and Vince Hall finished with five. Worilds had three tackles and a sack.

The defense forced two turnovers on the afternoon. Barry Booker intercepted Glennon and nearly scored on the play - a turnover that led to Holt's 1-yard run. And Carlton Powell forced a Josh Oglesby fumble to account for the other.

Jud Dunlevy - the Hokies' projected starting kicker - started the scrimmage on a down note, missing field goals of 52 and 43 yards and also missing an extra point after Morgan's touchdown. But he responded by ending the scrimmage making his final extra point and two fields, ones of 36 and 28 yards, respectively.

"I feel good about it," Dunlevy said. "I was striking the ball a lot better than last week. I feel much better now."

"I thought he calmed down a little bit and now he's just got to get in his own little world," Beamer said. "I think he's our best kicker. He gets the ball up in the air. He's kicked very well. We've just got to get where he can be in his own world, like Brandon Pace did and Shayne Graham did."

Tech opens the season Saturday, Sept. 1 at home against East Carolina. Kickoff is slated for noon.

Passing   Att.   Comp.   Yds.   TD   INT
Glennon    17      10    122     1     1
Taylor     20      11     69     0     0
Holt        7       6     19     0     0

Rushing   Att.    Yds.    TD
Ore         4      35      0
Taylor      8      21      0
Oglesby     4      19      0
Pickle      1       6      0
Cheeseman   4       5      0
K. Lewis    3       5      0
Holt        4       3      1
Evans       2       1      0
Glennon     4     -12      0

Receiving   Rec.   Yds.   TD
Hyman         4     33     0
Smith         4     15     0
Royal         3     52     1
Whitaker      3     12     0
Harper        2     26     0
Ore           2     15     0
K. Lewis      2     15     0
Luckett       2     13     0
Pickle        2     10     0
Wheeler       1     11     0
Oglesby       1      3     0
Cheeseman     1      2     0

Field Goals   Made      Missed
Dunlevy       36, 28    52, 43

Punting    No.   Avg.   Long
Bowden      3    34.6   46
Saunders    1    27.0   27
Team        1

Defense   Tackles   TFL   Sacks   Other
Adibi     9         2     1.5     PBU
Flowers   6         1     1       PBU
Hall      5         0     0       QBH
Ellis     4         1     0.5     FR
Worilds   3         1     1       punt block
Powell    2         1     1       FF
Booker    0         0     0       INT

Royal 30 pass from Glennon (Dunlevy kick)
D. Morgan 17 punt block return (kick no good)
Holt 1 run (Dunlevy kick)
FG Dunlevy 36
FG Dunlevy 28