April 20, 2011
Tech holds final scrimmage before annual Maroon-White game
Thomas throws two touchdown passes

BLACKSBURG – Tech quarterback Logan Thomas continued his good spring, throwing for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a football scrimmage on Wednesday night at Lane Stadium.

As was the case last Friday night, the scrimmage was broken into two parts. In the first part, the team worked on special situations – mostly red-zone stuff. The second part consisted of one 12-minute quarter.

Thomas completed 11 of 17 and fired touchdown passes of 12 yards to Danny Coale and 8 yards to Marcus Davis. Davis led all receivers with four catches for 21 yards, while Coale caught three for a scrimmage-high 40 yards. Coale also scored on an 8-yard run

Josh Oglesby led all rushers with 39 yards and scored two touchdowns, reaching the end zone on runs of 6 yards and 1 yard. James Hopper also scored on a 1-yard run. Projected starter David Wilson did not carry the ball in the scrimmage.

The Hokies got an impressive outing from freshman quarterback Mark Leal, who led the offense on a march against the first-team defense on the final drive of the game. With two seconds left, he threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to E.L. Smiling, who made a difficult grab in the back corner of the end zone.

Leal completed 6 of 8 for the game for 73 yards. Ju-Ju Clayton completed 2 of 7 for yards, with an interception. Tariq Edwards snared a Clayton pass and probably would have hauled it back for a touchdown except that the coaches called the play dead not long after he intercepted it.

Telvion Clark paced all defenders with five tackles, including a sack. Derrick Hopkins and James Gayle added sacks as well.

In the kicking game, Cody Journell made a 33-yarder, but missed from 30. Justin Myer missed from 50 yards out and had a 55-yarder blocked by J.R. Collins. Ethan Keyserling averaged 38.7 yards per punt on three punts, and Coale average nearly 40 on two punts.

The annual Maroon-White game is set for Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.

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