A good crowd gathered in the West Stands of Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon to watch Virginia Tech’s first scrimmage of the season. Overall, it was a typical scrimmage. Play was ugly and ragged at times, there were a few too many penalties, and special teams needs to sharpen up a bit. But overall, it was a good starting point for Tech, and there were enough encouraging things on display to make you really wish September 1 would hurry up and get here.
The most active player of the day was without a doubt Jason Worilds. The r-freshman defensive end, formerly known as Jason Adjepong, would have scored quite a few points for his owner in a Fantasy football league. By my count, he blocked a punt, had two sacks (maybe three), forced a fumble on one of the sacks, recovered the fumble, and ran it back for a touchdown. He also drew at least two holding calls from offensive tackles.
Worilds reached out and blocked the first punt of the scrimmage with one hand. Later on, he beat left tackle Duane Brown to the outside, and Brown was whistled for holding as Worilds tried to leave him in the dust.
His most impressive play also came while playing across from Duane Brown. He got into the backfield, and reached Ike Whitaker just as he was about to throw the football. Worilds reached out, knocked the football out of Whitaker’s hands, picked it up and ran it back for a touchdown. It was pretty much exactly like Corey Moore’s play against Clemson in 1999.
Later on he abused true freshman offensive tackle Blake Dechristopher on back-to-back plays. He got a sack on the first play, and Dechristopher held him on the next play to prevent another sack. Dechristopher has the tools, but he’s just not ready yet. Forget about him starting, at least early in the season. It’s not going to happen.
The other backup defensive end, Nekos Brown, also had a sack. Brown has put on a good 15-20 pounds since last year, and it’s good weight. He and Worilds were very impressive today. Demetrius Taylor also showed some pass rushing ability, as he did in the spring. Tech appears to be pretty deep...
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