August 22, 2008
Hokies hold final preseason scrimmage
Boyce, Evans and O. Martin score touchdowns

Quarterback Sean Glennon threw for 103 yards and a touchdown; Darren Evans ran for 59 yards and a score; and Orion Martin returned a fumble for a touchdown to headline the Hokies' third and final preseason scrimmage at Lane Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Glennon completed 11-of-19 for 103 yards. The redshirt senior's touchdown pass came midway through the scrimmage when he made a nice throw to freshman receiver Xavier Boyce, who managed to get one foot inbounds, for a 5-yard touchdown play.

The Hokies' other quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, also completed 11 passes, hitting 11-of-17 for 76 yards. But the sophomore from Hampton, Va., made a poor throw late in the scrimmage that was picked off by freshman linebacker Quillie Odom.

Tech head coach Frank Beamer was non-committal on whom his starting quarterback would be for the East Carolina game or on any of his quarterback plans, saying that he and his staff would sit down over the weekend and evaluate things.

"We're going to discuss it tomorrow morning [Saturday]," Beamer said. "To be honest, we haven't discussed it much at all. We were going to let them compete and then make a decision. Now it's time to make a decision."

Evans, the redshirt freshman from Indianapolis, looked the best he's looked all August. He ran with speed and power, getting those 59 yards on just six carries. He scored on an 11-yard touchdown run early in the scrimmage.

"I tell you, I was impressed with him today," Beamer said. "I thought he made some moves and I thought he looked fast making those moves. That's what I liked. I thought he showed a burst out there."

Kenny Lewis, Jr., got more time than usual, rushing for 40 yards on five carries, while redshirt freshman Josh Oglesby rushed for 39 yards on six carries. Freshman Ryan Williams carried twice for 20 yards.

From a receiving standpoint, Boyce led all pass catchers with five receptions. Tight end Greg Boone caught four for 28 yards. Boone, a redshirt junior, also ran the ball twice, and he got into the end zone on one of those carries, scoring on a 30-yard run.

Martin, a redshirt senior, accounted for the remaining touchdown, scoring on a 12-yard fumble return. André Smith made a nice play, stripping punt returner Ervin Garner of the ball on a punt return, and Martin scooped it up, taking it to the end zone for the score. He also added three tackles in the scrimmage.

Cody Grimm led the Tech defense with five tackles, including three for a loss, and he had two sacks. Nekos Brown, Purnell Sturdivant and Eddie Whitley added five as well.

On special teams, Tech's kickers made just one of three field-goal attempts on the day. Dustin Keys, the projected starter, missed from 36 and 50 yards, while Justin Myer connected from 42 yards out.

"We went through the same thing with [Jud] Dunlevy in this scrimmage last year," Beamer said in reference to Keys. "He [Keys] hit the first one good, but just pulled it [the 36-yarder]. He didn't hit the second one good.

"But he's a good kicker. I've seen him too much. It's like I said with Jud, he's a good kicker and he's going to be a better kicker. He just needs a little confidence."

Only two players did not play in the scrimmage - Devin Perez, who is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left foot, and freshman linebacker Bruce Taylor, who is nursing a sore ankle.

The staff, though, got a bit of a scare from cornerback Macho Harris, who injured his foot on the opening kickoff after being tackled by Myer, the kicker. Harris only played a handful of snaps before taking himself out, and after the game, told the media he was in a lot of pain, but he didn't think the injury was serious.

Tech opens its 2008 season next Saturday in Charlotte when the Hokies take on East Carolina. Kickoff is slated for noon.

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