August 26, 2009
Hokies participate in final scrimmage before opener
By Jimmy Robertson

BLACKSBURG – Tyrod Taylor shined and Virginia Tech’s first-team defense allowed just two first downs as the Hokies went through their third and final scrimmage at Lane Stadium on Wednesday evening in preparation for their season opener.

“I thought overall for the most part that it was good aggressive play both ways,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “I think you come out of this about as satisfied as you can be at this point in time.”

The scrimmage featured Tech’s first-team offense against the second- and third-team defenses, while the first-team defense went against the second- and third-team offenses. The first-team units on both sides of the ball did not go head-to-head in this scrimmage.

Taylor completed 15-of-24 for 218 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions to lead the way for Tech’s first-team offense. The junior from Hampton, Va., ended the scrimmage in fine fashion, throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Danny Coale in a two-minute situation.

“I thought he was very much in control out there,” Beamer said of Taylor. “I thought he was pretty good.”

Coale led all the receivers with four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. He also blocked a punt in the scrimmage, though that came against Tech’s back-up punting team. André Smith caught three passes for 54 yards, including a tremendous 31-yarder in traffic. Jarrett Boykin added two catches for 27 yards.

“I think we’re getting better,” Coale said of Tech’s offense. “We did some good things today. We ran the ball well and passed it well. We worked off each other.

“I think we still need to fine tune the little things. We need to get where it’s real easy, where we hear the play and go. We’re still getting our tempo and finding our rhythm. That’s what we need to keep working on.”

Other notable standouts on offense included tailbacks Josh Oglesby and David Wilson, both of whom scored a touchdown. Wilson rushed 10 times for 52 yards and scored on a 1-yard run, while Oglesby rushed 44 yards on nine carries and scored on a 4-yard run. Both had missed the previous scrimmage while nursing injuries (Oglesby with a hamstring; Wilson with a shoulder).

“I thought the running backs looked a little rusty, which is to be expected,” Beamer said. “We’ve still got a week and a half to get them a lot of reps.”

Ryan Williams only carried twice in the scrimmage because of a tender ankle. But he should be fully healthy for the opener.

Matt Reidy paced all of Tech’s defensive players with six tackles, but Kam Chancellor enjoyed maybe the best day. Chancellor finished with four tackles, including a couple of vicious hits. He also broke up a pass and intercepted a Logan Thomas pass that ultimately led to a 27-yard field goal by Matt Waldron.

Barquell Rivers added four tackles, including one for a loss, while Eddie Whitley had three tackles and a fumble recovery. Nekos Brown recovered a fumble as well, as Tech’s first-team defense forced three turnovers in addition to holding the offense to two first downs.

“We’ll be fine,” defensive end Jason Worilds said of the Hokies’ defense. “Everyone assumes Coach [Bud] Foster is just going to plug people in [every year] and we’re going to be fine, but we know when we come out here, we’ve got to work at it. That’s the biggest part of our tradition. That’s why we reload. We come out here and work at it no matter who is stepping into the barrel.”

Waldon continued his impressive fall, drilling field goals of 43 and 27 yards. The redshirt senior is now 10-for-10 in scrimmages this fall.

The Hokies open the season on Sept. 5 when they travel to Atlanta to take on No. 5 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. Kickoff time is set for 8 p.m.

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