August 12, 2008
Hokies hold first scrimmage of preseason
Oglesby, Waldron and Tech's 'D' lead the way

Overall play was marred by some fumbles and some dropped passes, but Josh Oglesby scored on a touchdown run and blocked a punt, Matt Waldron hit three field goals, and Tech's defense played well as the Virginia Tech Hokies held their first scrimmage of the preseason at Lane Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

"I thought it was OK for a first scrimmage," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "We had a couple of plays pop against our defense, and then offensively, we turned the ball over going in right there at the goal line. We got a couple of kicks blocked. But so far, the effort has been good. Overall, we've just got to keep plugging along.

"We've got work to do. But this is the first time a lot of those kids have been in this stadium playing. When a third of your team are freshmen and redshirt freshmen ... we've got to coach them. We've got to coach a little bit this year."

Oglesby scored on a 34-yard touchdown run late in the scrimmage to provide the only touchdown on the day. The redshirt freshman led all rushers with 65 yards on five carries.

Tech's offensive coaching staff probably didn't find many answers in their search for starters at the tailback, receiver and quarterback positions. Quarterbacks Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor both went 6-for-10, with Glennon throwing for 49 yards and Taylor throwing for 20.

At tailback, Darren Evans, another redshirt freshman, rushed for 26 yards on seven carries and Ryan Williams added 20 yards on seven carries.

At receiver, Prince Parker caught three passes for 19 yards and Ervin Garner added two catches for 11 yards. Projected starter Danny Coale did not play in the scrimmage because of a groin injury.

Waldron got plenty of opportunities as both Dustin Keys and Tim Pisano sat out the scrimmage with injuries. He hit field goals of 35, 25 and 38 yards, but had a 44-yarder blocked.

"He's been a steady guy for us," Beamer said of Waldron. "I was pleased with him today."

Macho Harris, Tech's starting cornerback, blocked two field goals in this one. He also blocked a 32-yard attempt by walk-on Justin Myer.

On defense, though, Eddie Whitley enjoyed the best game. The true freshman cornerback finished with six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Orion Martin added five tackles, including two for a loss, while Dorian Porch tallied four tackles. Jacob Sykes had three tackles and forced a fumble as well.

The Hokies will practice for the next three days before holding another scrimmage on Saturday at Lane Stadium. The scrimmage is open to the public and will begin at 3:15.

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