Defense Headlines Tech's 1st Scrimmage
Cory Holt
Cory Holt

Posted Aug 15, 2004


The rain ended up holding off, enabling the Hokies to take the field for the first scrimmage of summer practice. While some progress was made onfield, it certainly wasn't a day for the offense.

The only scoring that took place was a Nic Schmitt field goal and an exciting 24 yard TD pass from Bryan Randall to Jeff King. Easily the highlight of the day, Randall look poised stepping up in the pocket and threading the needle to Jeff King to made an athletic leap in coverage for the score. This certainly gives hope for those of us who have been longing to see the tight end more in the offense.

Randall also dazzled on a nice option keeper in which he showed fast footwork as he made a first potential tackler miss, before finally being touch tackled after a decent gain. This would be about it for the senior quarterback, as he was only to take 12 snaps in order to stay healthy and let the coaches further evaluate the freshmen quarterback duo of Cory Holt and Sean Glennon. Both showed potential at times, but were mostly overshadowed by a constantly blitzing defense.

Aaron Rouse showed great playmaking ability throughout the day, and at one time busted a wideout reverse to Josh Hyman. Eddie Royal was also all over the field, as he returned punts and kickoffs all the while playing wideout. He even got a chance to take a handoff on a reverse for a decent gain.

Sitting out today was Xavier Adibi, who had earlier tweaked his hamstring and was kept out in order to ensure health. Also, Cedric Humes watched from the sidelines, as he is near 100% but wasn't schedule to participate. Another pair of freshmen in the backfield got their share at a good number of reps. Those being Brandon Ore and George Bell, who continue to impress coaches with their complimenting hard running styles.

Beamerball was in play today on three blocked kicks. Jim Davis got his hands on two, while Jeff King smacked another down. Some offensive progress was made, but was obviously overshadowed by strong defensive play. A lot will be taken out of this first scrimmage, and the team will now go back to practice and work out the kinks.

Stay tuned to VTi for more updates on further scrimmages.


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