Clifton, Malone, and Green Leaving Hokies

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Clifton, Malone, and Green Leaving Hokies

Beamerball.com announced Monday that rising r-Sr. wide
receiver Chris Clifton, rising r-Jr. wide receiver Michael Malone, and true
freshman fullback Mike Green will be leaving the football program. Malone and
Green will be transferring, while Clifton’s plans are unknown at this time.

Clifton’s
departure ends a VT career that started at quarterback and ended far down the
depth chart at wide receiver. Clifton was one of three QB recruits in the 2001
recruiting class (Will Hunt and Bryan Randall being the other two), and when he
arrived in the fall of 2001, he had the best arm of the three. Randall and Hunt
adapted to the position more quickly though, and in the spring of 2002, Clifton
moved to wide receiver.

Clifton played sparingly in 2002, then played in 13 games
in 2003 and had three catches for 20 yards. He appeared poised for a productive
2004 when he emerged as a leader in spring football and earned his first career
start in the season opener against USC in the BCA Classic. But Clifton dropped
two passes against the Trojans, one deep in USC territory, and he virtually
disappeared for the rest of the season. He didn’t play a single down the next
week in a 63-0 blowout win over Western Michigan – a bad sign, if ever there
was one – and only played in five of Tech’s remaining 11 games after that. On
the season, Clifton caught just one pass for 10 yards (against Florida A&M),
played just 61 plays from scrimmage, and only one play on special teams.

Malone, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone, has
good size (6-3, 212) and athleticism but was never able to make an impact at VT.
Malone was a special-teamer in 2003 (45 plays) and 2004 (41 plays) but never
caught a pass at VT.

Green’s departure continues an unbelievable string of bad
fortune for scholarship fullbacks at Virginia Tech. Brian Edmonds, who signed
with the Hokies in 1992, is the last player to enter VT as a scholarship
fullback and have a productive career. Since then, according to the past
recruiting classes listed on TSL’s Football
Recruiting Page
, the Hokies have signed eight fullbacks, and only one –
Shelley Ellison – ever carried the football for Virginia Tech.

VT Fullbacks Recruited
Since 1992

Recr.
Class

Player

Career Results

1992

Brian Edmonds

236 carries, 1,125 yards, 11 TDs; 41 receptions, 448
yards, 5 TDs

1993

Ben Kadrlik

Never lettered

1994

Shelley Ellison

16 carries, 97 yards

1999

Ryan Angelo

Never lettered

1999

Marvin Urquhart

Never lettered

1999

Joe Wilson

Lettered in 2001; no career carries or receptions

2003

Joey Razzano

Never enrolled at Tech; enrolled at Kentucky instead

2004

Mike Green

Enrolled in January 2005, departed spring 2005

2005

Kenny Jefferson

… ?

Edmonds served as VT’s fullback from 1994-1996, and the
position was taken over by converted tailback Marcus Parker in 1997. Converted
tailback Cullen Hawkins was the starter briefly at the beginning of 1998, then
was injured in the third game of the season against Miami. Redshirt freshman
walk-on Jarrett Ferguson stepped in and held the job through the 2001 season.
Walk-on Doug Easlick started in 2002 and 2003, and walk-on Jesse Allen (now a
scholarship player) was the #1 fullback in 2004.

(Editor’s Note, 5/20/05: Later research revealed that
Edmonds was not originally a scholarship fullback — he walked on with the
Hokies in the fall of 1992 [Hokie Huddler, Vol. 10, No. 1, August 24, 1992])






ACC Meetings


The ACC has wrapped up their annual meetings, which were
held from Sunday through Wednesday in Amelia Island, Florida. This year’s
meetings lacked the drama of meetings from the past two years but were
interesting nonetheless. Here are the highlights and info to come out of Florida
this week:

  • The ACC title game has been rescheduled for 8 pm on
    December 3rd, 2005. It was previously scheduled for 1 pm. The new time will
    cause the ACC game on ABC to overlap with the SEC Championship game, which
    starts at 6 pm on CBS.

  • Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville will host the
    championship game with a seating configuration of 77,497, and 42,000 tickets
    have already been sold, leaving about 35,500 tickets. 24,000 of those will
    go to the ACC, and of those, 16,000 will be allotted to the participating
    schools (8,000 tickets each). Each school will also have additional access
    to 2,000 tickets held in reserve, according
    to the Florida Times-Union
    , but it’s not clear what that means or
    where the additional tickets will come from. On June 1st, unsold tickets
    will go on sale to the general public.

  • The ACC’s football coaches still support a fifth year
    of eligibility for football players (“five [years] to play five
    [seasons]” instead of the current “five to play four” setup).
    The ACC proposed this legislation to the NCAA last fall but withdrew their
    support when the NCAA didn’t appear receptive. The ACC now feels that other
    conferences will back them in the proposal, and the league will discuss it
    again with their school presidents and may push it again along with the AFCA
    (American Football Coaches Association) this coming fall.

  • The ACC has had discussions with the Dec. 31st AutoZone
    Liberty Bowl, which currently has one open slot to match up against a
    Conference USA opponent. If the Liberty Bowl decides to sign with the ACC,
    that will give the ACC seven bowl tie-ins for 2005.

  • The league’s bowl tie-ins all expire after the 2005
    season, with the exception of the BCS bowl tie-in, and that will lead to
    possible shuffling of bowl lineups. Something interesting might be happening
    with the Capital One Bowl, which currently matches Big 12 and Big Ten teams
    and has the highest payout of non-BCS bowls ($5.187 million per team).
    According to The
    State
    newspaper, Florida Citrus Sports executive director Tom Mickle is
    trying to set up an alliance among the Capital One, Champs Sports and Cotton
    Bowl under which the Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and ACC would provide the six
    teams for those three games. Under the proposal, the ACC could play in the
    Capital One or Cotton bowls once every four years and remain in the Champs
    Sports Bowl the remaining years.




TSL Donates to Kaylor/Price Scholarship Funds


On
Monday, TechSideline.com presented an $800 check to Major General Jerry Allen as
a donation to the Emerging Leader Scholarships established to honor VT alumni
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jeffrey Kaylor, of Clifton, Va., and Army 1st Lt. Timothy
Price, of Midlothian, Va., both of whom were killed in action in Iraq in 2003
and 2004 respectively.

The funds were generated via a raffle at TSL’s 2005 spring
game tailgate. At the tailgate, several items were raffled off, with top prize
being a Bryan Randall signed print donated by TechLocker.com and framed by Original
Frameworks
in Blacksburg. Funds generated by the raffle were used to pay for
the tailgate, and after all costs were covered, excess funds amounting to $800
were donated to the Kaylor/Price scholarships.




Page Updates


  • TSL’s Future
    Football Schedules Page
    has been updated, now that the 12-game schedule
    has been passed by the NCAA. Though we anticipate that the large majority of
    12th games will be home games against Division 1-AA teams or 1-A
    “cupcakes,” we have filed most of the 12th games in the “home
    or away” TBD category.

  • TSL’s Lane
    Stadium Historical photos page
    has been updated with nine new photos of
    Lane Stadium’s past. Three photos are from the construction of Lane back in
    1964/65, and the other six photos show various perspectives of Lane from
    1998-2000. Look for red “New!” text to denote the new photos.

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