Brandon Pace put on a kicking clinic on Saturday afternoon, as the Virginia Tech football team held their second
scrimmage of the preseason in almost unbearably hot weather in Blacksburg. Pace, last year’s first team All-ACC kicker,
went 4-4 on field goal attempts, including kicks of 37, 45 and 47 yards.
Counting last Saturday’s scrimmage, Pace is 7-7 in scrimmage work this August. He has obviously been consistent on
his kicks, and has also shown the ability to hit long field goals, which is a welcome sign as the season nears.
The Virginia Tech defense once again showed their ability to put pressure on the quarterback, sacking the Hokie
signal callers a total of ten times. All-ACC defensive end Darryl Tapp led the way with three sacks, with defensive
tackle Jonathon Lewis adding two. Vince Hall played very well from his mike linebacker position, tallying five tackles
and two sacks.
Offensively, starting quarterback Marcus Vick was good once again, completing 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards. In the
battle for the backup quarterback position, Sean Glennon went 2-3 for 21 yards, while Cory Holt was 2-5 for six yards.
The backup QB position battle remains unresolved.
The Virginia Tech offense did manage to score three touchdown during the scrimmage in goal line situations. Mike Imoh
had a three yard touchdown run, and George Bell scored from one yard out. Branden Ore, who led the Hokies in rushing
with eight carries for 24 yards, also had a one yard touchdown run.
Josh Hyman, Jeremy Gilchrist and Justin Harper paced the wide receiver corps with two catch each.
The team was already scheduled to have Sunday off, and for their good play and intensity Frank Beamer has awarded
them with Monday off as well. The Hokies will resume practice on Tuesday, and will hold their final scrimmage next
Saturday as they continue to prepare for the season opener at NC State. The game is scheduled for Sunday night,
September 4th at 7:15 on ESPN2.