Worilds, tailbacks headline Tech scrimmage
Evans and Cheeseman combine for more than 100 yards in 85-play session
April 5, 2008

The running of tailbacks Jahre Cheeseman and Darren Evans, and the pressure applied by defensive end Jason Worilds were the highlights of the Virginia Tech football team's first full-scale scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

Cheeseman, a 5-foot-10, 204-pound redshirt junior from Voorhees, N.J., and Evans, a 6-0, 215-pound redshirt freshman from Indianapolis, Ind., both rushed for more than 50 yards in the 85-play scrimmage. Evans led all rushers with 54 yards on eight carries, while Cheeseman rushed for 53 yards on six carries - though 43 of those yards came on a burst early in the scrimmage.

Worilds, a 6-2, 252-pound redshirt sophomore from Carteret, N.J., had five tackles - four of them sacks on Tech's quarterbacks, who did not go live in this scrimmage.

Overall, there was no scoring in the scrimmage. Tech's staff kept the play between the 20-yard lines.

"I thought it was a typical first scrimmage," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I thought the effort overall was good. I thought the execution ... we've certainly got to get better on both sides of the ball. But when you're working with a lot of people, and particularly this spring when you're working with a lot of new people, it's only going to be so good in that first big scrimmage. From here on out, we'll cut back the number of people we're working with, narrow it down a bit, and get better execution."

In the passing game, Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor had near-identical stats. Glennon completed 10-of-18 for 61 yards and one interception (by Dylan McGreevy on a pass that was tipped multiple times) and Taylor completed 10-of-19 for 63 yards.

Evans caught three passes for 14 yards, and Cheeseman caught two passes for 27 yards. Tech's receiving corps only caught four of the 20 receptions on the day, and the Hokies' longest reception went for 21 yards (by Cheeseman).

"Offensively, we didn't get the ball down the field," Beamer said. "We didn't have many long plays and that's probably a credit to the defense. But offensively, we need to get some long plays in there."

Other notable performances from Tech offensively came from Danny Coale, who caught two passes for 12 yards and blocked a punt, and from Dustin Pickle, who rushed for 33 yards on seven carries.

Macho Harris, who has spent the entire spring thus far at receiver, caught two passes for eight yards and ran once for nine yards. He fumbled once after one of his receptions following a huge hit from Cam Martin, and Kam Chancellor recovered. The Hokies fumbled three times on the afternoon, losing two of them.

Back-up linebacker Jonas Houseright led all tacklers with nine, while Cody Grimm, a whip linebacker, finished with seven. Stefan Virgil and Rashad Carmichael added five a piece. Cordarrow Thompson, John Graves, and Jacob Gardner each recorded sacks for the Hokies - part of seven they had on the afternoon.

The Hokies continue spring practice with a session on Monday. Tech wraps up things on April 19 with the annual Spring Game, which is slated to begin at 2 p.m.