The Virginia Tech football team held their first scrimmage of the fall in the blistering
August heat of Blacksburg on Saturday afternoon. The scrimmaged featured impressive play from kicker Brandon Pace, lots
of pressure from the defensive line, and some big plays in the passing game.
For the most part, the defensive line seemed to get the better of the offensive line throughout the day. The defense
registered an amazing 11 sacks in the 62 play scrimmage. All-ACC defensive end Darryl Tapp had three sacks, while
rapidly improving sophomore defensive end Chris Ellis had two.
Perhaps the surprise of the scrimmage was sophomore defensive tackle Kory Robertson, who recorded four solo tackles
and three sacks. Robertson, a very athletic player who has yet to be able to put it together on the field, is fighting
for a spot in the two-deep at defensive tackle with Tim Sandidge and Barry Booker. Booker, who was reportedly winning
the job thus far, did not participate in the scrimmage due to an injury. Robertson’s performance today, plus the fact
that Booker did not play, could be a determining factor is the defensive tackle depth chart. If Robertson continues to
impress, it may not be necessary for Darryl Tapp to play tackle as much.
Another winner of a position battle appears to be emerging. Cary Wade did not participate in the scrimmage due to
injury, so Aaron Rouse was able to get the majority of reps at rover.
The offense did find some success in the running game. True freshman tailback Elan Lewis had ten carries for 54
yards. Mike Imoh did not participate in the scrimmage due to a very minor knee injury.
Although the offense never found its way into the end zone, Brandon Pace did manage to connect on three field goals.
Last year’s first team all-ACC kicker nailed kicks from distances of 32, 45 and 47 yards to provide the only offensive
scoring of the day. Defensive tackle Jonathon Lewis would have returned a George Bell fumble for a touchdown, but the
officials blew the play dead because coaches and other observers were standing behind the Tech offense.
Quarterback play was average, with the Tech signal callers being constantly pressured by the defensive line. Marcus
Vick was 4-9 for 82 yards, including completions of 20 yards to Eddie Royal, 17 yards to David Clowney and 38 yards to
Josh Morgan. Sean Glennon went 5-6 for 21 yards and an interception. Cory Holt was 0-2, while true freshman Ike Whitaker
was 0-3 with an interception.
Virginia Tech’s next scrimmage is scheduled to be held next Saturday, August 20.