BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech football team participated in its first scrimmage of the fall with a 42-play affair held on the practice field adjacent to the Merryman Center and Lane Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
None of Tech’s projected starters played in the scrimmage, which was closed to the public and the media, and only a couple of the back-ups played, as the staff wanted to get a look at some third-teamers and true freshmen.
Theron Norman, a true freshman from Richmond who enrolled last January, turned out to be the main highlight of the scrimmage. The safety intercepted two Ju-Ju Clayton passes, returning one that would have been an 85-yard touchdown had the officials not whistled the play dead as Norman ran down the sideline. Norman also finished with a tackle and three assists.
Clayton and Logan Thomas split time at quarterback. Clayton, a redshirt sophomore, completed 6-of-11 for 71 yards with two interceptions, while Thomas, a redshirt freshman, completed 2-of-9 for 20 yards and an interception. Jerrodd Williams, a redshirt freshman cornerback, recorded the interception.
Walk-on Martin Scales, a fullback from Martinsville, Virginia, led all rushers with 55 yards on seven carries. Scales did fumble once when true freshman Kyle Fuller stripped him of the ball and true freshman Detrick Bonner recovered.
David Wilson, a sophomore from Danville, Virginia, carried 10 times for 41 yards. Randall Dunn paced the receivers with three catches for 36 yards, including a 28-yarder. Austin Fuller caught two passes for 18 yards.
On defense, true freshman Nick Dew led the way with five tackles (two solos) and also forced a fumble and recovered it. Tyrel Wilson recorded a solo tackle and three assists, while Zach Luckett finished with two tackles and two assists. Joe Jones had the scrimmage’s only sack.
In other news:
• Jayron Hosley practiced full speed for the first time this August. Hosley, a sophomore from Delray Beach, Florida, missed the first five practice with a groin injury. He and Cris Hill are tied on the depth chart at field cornerback.
Also Dyrell Roberts, a junior from Smithfield, Virginia, has returned after missing the first few days while recovering from hernia surgery several weeks ago.
• Chris Hazley continues to kick well. In Tuesday’s practice, he won the kicking competition by hitting a 53-yarder to edge Cody Journell. Journell, though, isn’t in pads because he’s not a part of the 105-man roster. He can only participate in practice by volunteering to do so.
• The Hokies will hold another scrimmage on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Lane Stadium. This scrimmage is open to the media and public.
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