Scrimmage Report: Duane Brown Impresses

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The Virginia Tech football team had another strong scrimmage Saturday (good enough that Frank Beamer is giving the
team Sunday and Monday off), and we got a report from our man on the spot. Here are his thoughts on Duane Brown
(you can guess from the headline), the defense, the backup QB battle, and more.



"First of all," we were told, "that was a hard hitting, fun scrimmage to watch. The team looked pretty
focused. Well played by both the offense and defense."

Standouts

"There were a few standouts that were definitely worth mentioning. Brandon Pace was 4-4 on field goal
attempts. He hit from 31, 45, 47 and 49. If those distances aren’t exactly right, it was something close [Editor’s Note:
the 49-yarder was 47 yards, per hokiesports.com]. Very good day for Pace.

"Brett Warren has definitely made progress at linebacker, and he looked good out there today. First time
this year I have had a chance to see him scrimmage, and I came away impressed. Brett will be a good player for the
Hokies.

"Marcus Vick was good today. He hit Josh Hyman with a couple of very nice passes along the
sideline, and Hyman did a great job of keeping his feet inbounds.

"Darryl Tapp was a beast. He had sacks on back-to-back plays. On the first one, he basically just ran
over Brandon Frye. On the second one, he ran by Reggie Butler like he was standing still. (More on the
tackles later). Cory Holt was the quarterback then, and he didn’t have a chance. I think Tapp had one or two more
sacks as well. [Tapp finished with three sacks.]

"Cary Wade was back from his injury, and he played very well. He made a great open field tackle on Imoh.
Wade is a very good tackler in the open field. I was pleased with the way he played today."

Backup QB

"I still don’t know what to say about backup quarterback.

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