Spring Football 2005: Scrimmage Notes

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Observers of Wednesday’s scrimmage came away impressed with two players: Marcus Vick and Branden Ore. Find out what
our insiders had to say about those two, plus get some descriptions of the action in the latest TSL Pass spring football
update.






Marcus Vick electrified observers of Wednesday’s scrimmage with his first two passes. Vick threw a flare pass in the
flat to Josh Morgan, leading Morgan perfectly with an NFL-quality pass. Vick hit Morgan perfectly in stride, and Morgan
caught the ball behind the line and accelerated up field, picking up 15 yards.

On the next play, Vick dropped back and got good protection from the offensive line, who did a pretty good job all
day of pass blocking. Vick uncorked a 66-yard touchdown pass to David Clowney, who got behind two defenders and was the
recipient of another beautifully thrown ball. Clowney caught the ball on the 15-yard line — it was thrown 58 yards in
the air — and scored easily from there. Click here for a picture, taken just after Vick’s
release
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Vick also had his rough moments, fumbling a couple of times, including one play where he was trying to avoid the rush
and simply dropped the ball. But overall, he impressed one of our insiders with the tremendous potential he has.
“He’s pretty good for a third string quarterback,” our insider said wryly. “I can name a few NFL teams
whose third stringers aren’t as good as Marcus. It’s only March, and I’m ready for these guys to suit up now, because I
want to see what he can do.”

Meanwhile, the resemblance between Ore and the former Hokie whose number he now wears, Lee Suggs, continues to be
eerie. “He does an outstanding job of drawing the defense to the inside, and then uses his superior lateral
quickness to bounce the play to the outside,” we were told. “I swear, I think he averaged 9 or 10 yards a
carry today.”

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