Spring Football 2005: Scrimmage Report

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The Hokies held a scrimmage Saturday in Lane Stadium, and as detailed in a hokiesports.com
, Cory Holt provided the only score of the scrimmage when he bolted 70 yards for a touchdown. We canvassed our
insiders and practice observers and once again received mostly positive reports of the goings-on at VT spring football
practice. Check out their thoughts on how Xavier Adibi looks, who lined up at fullback, which defensive back played well
(it’s a surprise), and how the center spot is shaping up.

Despite giving up the 70-yard run to Holt, the general consensus was that the defense played better during this
scrimmage than they did Wednesday, when they gave up several big plays and tailback Branden Ore found good running room
all scrimmage long. This time around, the run by Holt and a 20-yard run by George Bell were the offensive plays that
drew the most comment.

Hokiesports.com reported that Holt scored down the sideline untouched, and one of our observers snorted, “Anyone
who thinks Holt can’t run is dead wrong. He’s got a long stride, and when he gets going, he’s hard to catch.” Holt
had the 70-yard run plus a 1-yard run on the day and completed 2-4 passes for 45 yards.

Holt stepped up his QB play the most Saturday, though Marcus Vick was again solid, going 8-10 for 97 yards. Sean
Glennon didn’t have as much success as Vick or Holt, connecting on 7-15 for just 36 yards.

Bell led the tailbacks with 5 carries for 52 yards, including one impressive 20-yard run (see right) where he used his
speed to get around the corner and turn it upfield. Speed is something Bell didn’t have last year, when he redshirted as
part of a continuing process to recover from a nasty knee injury suffered in his junior year in high school. “Last
spring he would not have been able to get to the outside,” our insider reported, “and would have been stopped
for a four or five yard gain on this play. He nearly broke this one for a TD.”

“Billy Hite’s got a problem,” another insider reported.