August 25, 2012
Hokies hold last scrimmage before season opener
Corey Fuller catches a long TD pass and the first-team defense plays well

BLACKSBURG – Logan Thomas threw a touchdown pass, Cody Journell hit a long field goal and Tech’s first-team defense again played well, as the Hokies wrapped up the preseason with a scrimmage at Lane Stadium on Saturday.

The Hokies played two 15-minute quarters. In the first quarter, they played against each other, with the first-team offense playing the first-team defense and the second-team offense playing the second-team defense. In the second quarter, the two teams faced the scout teams, which simulated Georgia Tech’s schemes.

“I thought today was fairly good,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “I thought we got good work against good people. Overall, I thought we got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished.”

Journell accounted for the first score of the day when he nailed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter of action. That would have been a career long in an actual game. In the second quarter, reserve tailback Martin Scales scored on a 3-yard run.

At the end of the first quarter, Tech worked on a two-minute situation. On the first play, quarterback Logan Thomas connected with reserve receiver Corey Fuller for a 50-yard touchdown against the Hokies’ first-team squad.

The second quarter featured Tech’s scout teams running the Georgia Tech offensive and defensive schemes. A big run by Michael Holmes set up a 2-yard score by Scales. Late in the period, Tony Gregory snuck up the middle for a 12-yard scoring run.

Thomas completed just 5 of 17 in the scrimmage for 80 yards, with the touchdown. The redshirt junior missed parts of the scrimmage because of a sore arm, thus allowing Mark Leal to get some extra work. Leal completed 7 of 14 for 105 yards.

Michael Holmes rushed for 60 yards on three carries, while Gregory rushed for 72 yards on six carries. J.C. Coleman had a 53-yard run, and Trey Edmunds rushed for 47 yards on four carries. Demitri Knowles caught four passes for 36 yards, and D.J. Coles scrimmaged for the first time this preseason, catching two passes, including one for 26 yards.

“I’ll be interested to see how his knee responds,” Beamer said. “But he looked active in the scrimmage. Getting him back would be big. He was really starting to come along at the end of the year, and I think he can make a difference in our football team.”

Defensively, Detrick Bonner, Deon Clarke and Derrick Hopkins each had four tackles. Clark added a sack, along with Corey Marshall and Matt Roth. Kyshoen Jarrett had an interception against the scout team.

A.J. Hughes averaged 32.8 yards per punt on four punts, while Hunter Windmuller averaged 44 yards per punt on two punts.

James Gayle (ankle), Tyrel Wilson (foot) and Marcus Davis (hamstring) did not play in the scrimmage because of injuries.

The Hokies will have Sunday off from practice, using the day to watch video and meet as a group. The staff will also finalize the dress squad. The team will then participate in the Hokie Kids’ Club Autograph session, and then Beamer and the captains will go to the Welcome Back Picnic and Pep Rally for the students.

The Hokies will turn their full attention to Georgia Tech on Monday, which is the first day of classes. They will use the extra days for preparation before going into the game-week schedule on Wednesday.

Tech opens the season on Sept. 3 against the Yellow Jackets, with kickoff slated for 8 p.m.

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