Hokies hold another full-scale scrimmage
Tailback Jahre Cheeseman breaks leg
April 12, 2008

The Virginia Tech football team worked on goal-line and red zone offense and defense for the majority of the day, as head coach Frank Beamer and his staff put the team through another scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

But the big story of the day was an injury to promising tailback Jahre Cheeseman. The redshirt junior from Voorhees, N.J., suffered a broken left fibula after being tackled during a run early in the scrimmage. Cheeseman was slated to undergo surgery Saturday evening.

Cheeseman's injury comes on the heels of another injury at the tailback spot. Kenny Lewis, Jr., who was No. 1 on the depth chart, is out 4-6 months with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He will undergo surgery early next week.

"It was time for us to pick it up when Branden [Ore] left," said Darren Evans, a redshirt freshman tailback. "He left some big shoes to fill. But now we've all got to pick it up even more. We've got to get our mind right, get our protections down, and understand the game better."

"That's a tough thing with Cheeseman," Beamer said. "This will give those two freshmen kids a chance [Evans and Josh Oglesby]. We know what [Dustin] Pickle can do and we know he's a tough guy. But it'll give those two young guys a chance to run the football. They've done well and they've done better in the last week. They show a lot of promise."

During the red zone and goal-line portion of the scrimmage, Tech's offense scored three touchdowns. Quarterback Sean Glennon threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Dillard, Pickle scored on a 5-yard run, and freshman Ervin Garner scored on a 8-yard reverse.

Tech's kickers hit three of their four field-goal attempts - a strong accomplishment on a rather gusty afternoon. Dustin Keys, the front-runner for the job, connected on a 32-yarder, while Matt Hazley hit a 25-yarder and Tim Pisano nailed a 37-yarder. Keys misfired on a 42-yarder, hitting it wide right.

"I think our kickers did a good job," Beamer said. "In my mind, Dustin is in the lead right now. This next week, we're going to do a lot more kicking. But he's the one who gets the best height on the ball and has been the most consistent."

The latter half of the scrimmage consisted of two 10-minute quarters. Tech's lone score during this portion came on a 1-yard run by fullback Kenny Younger.

Evans paced the team in rushing with 14 carries for 26 yards. Pickle rushed for 17 yards on eight carries and Cheeseman finished with 14 yards on four carries.

Glennon took all the snaps in this one because of a foot injury to Tyrod Taylor, who may be out the rest of spring practice. He competed 13-of-24 for 122 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. He and Taylor both were supposed to go live in this one, but Taylor's injury forced the staff to put the yellow jersey on Glennon, symbolizing no contact.

"Sean did OK," Beamer said. "He had a couple of interceptions and we've got to get that cleaned up. But again, when you've got new receivers, that happens a little bit. We had a couple that we missed on and had a couple that were intercepted. We've got to get that cleaned up. Then, we had some good throwing plays in there. So we've just got to be a little more consistent."

Dillard led all receivers with three catches for 65 yards. Danny Coale and Cory Holt caught two passes each and Zach Luckett caught a pass.

Defensively, Purnell Sturdivant led the way with seven tackles, while Brett Warren and Demetrius Taylor recorded five each. Orion Martin had two sacks and Jason Worilds had a sack. Dylan McGreevy and Davon Morgan each picked off passes.

Tech resumes spring practice on Monday. The annual spring game is slated for next Saturday, with the kickoff being at 2 p.m.