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      The Hokies in Preseason Publications
• As of June 23, Street & Smith’s had the Hokies ranked the highest heading into the season at 10th. Sophomore
Michael Vick was named to the magazine’s All-America team as an honorable mention selection at quarterback.
Vick also was selected as a first-team All-America quarterback by

• Blue Ribbon has the Hokies at No. 11 following their 11-1 season last year. Michael Vick also made its list as the first-
team All-America QB and goes into the season as the Blue Ribbon Offensive Player of the Year. Vick also made
Football News’ 2000 Preseason All-America Team as the second-team signal caller.

• Lindy’s has the Hokies as a team ranked 11th in the nation in its preseason publication. It also ranks several Hokies
and groups in its rankings. Michael Vick led the way as the first-team QB and was tabbed the National Offensive Player
of the Year. The following is a list of the Hokies who were ranked nationally:
  Player                                Pos. Rank
  Michael Vick ...................... QB ........... 1
  Matt Lehr ........................... OL ............ 5
  André Davis ...................... WR .......... 6
  Offensive Backfield ............................. 6
  Offensive Line ..................................... 7
  Dave Kadela ..................... OT ......... 11
  David Pugh ....................... DT .......... 16
  Ben Taylor ......................... ILB ......... 18
  Cory Bird ........................... Safety .... 20

• In the BIG EAST, Vick, Davis, Kadela, Lehr,
Pugh and Taylor were chosen for the first team
while Derek Carter (TE), Josh Redding (OL)
and Bird were named to the second team.

• The Sporting News has the Hokies at No. 13
heading into the season and also ranked
several players and groups among the best in
the nation. Michael Vick was named a first-
team All-American while Dave Kadela was
chosen for the second team. The following is a
list of the Hokies who were ranked nationally:
  Player                                Pos. Rank
  Michael Vick ...................... QB ........... 1
  Dave Kadela ..................... OT ........... 3        (7th in the Outland)
  Matt Lehr ........................... OG ........... 5
  Offensive Line ..................................... 5
  André Davis ...................... WR .......... 8        (6th in the Biletnikoff)
  Offensive Backfield ............................. 8
  Jarrett Ferguson ................ FB .......... 10
  Cory Bird ........................... SS .......... 11

• The publication listed Coach Frank Beamer and his staff as the best coach and staff in the BIG EAST, respectively.
TSN also listed Vick, Anthony Lambo (OL), Kadela and Lehr as first-team All-BIG EAST selections while Davis, Josh
Redding (OL) and Bird were named to the second team.

• Athlon, which picked the Hokies 16th, had two Tech players on its All-America squads. Michael Vick made the first
team as the QB while wide receiver André Davis made the third team. The publication also named Vick, Josh Redding,
Nick Sorensen and Cory Bird to its All-BIG EAST first-team squad.

•, the title sponsor of the Hula Bowl, the official all-star game of NCAA Football, selected a preseason All-
BIG EAST team, which included several Hokies. On the first-team offense, Michael Vick was chosen as the QB and
Offensive Player of the Year, while Dave Kadela (OL) and Browning Wynn (TE) made the squad. André Davis (WR)
and Matt Lehr (OL) made the second team. On defense, Cory Bird made the second team as a linebacker.
 2000      Outlook
          Hokies Face New Challenges
     Riding an unprecedented
seven-year string of success,
capped by last year’s
appearance in the national
championship game, the
Virginia Tech football program
has risen to a new level. Now
comes another difficult task
— trying to stay there.
                                 deepest and most
                                 experienced teams in 1999.
                                 The results were an 11-0
                                 regular season and a trip to
                                 Nokia Sugar Bowl where the
                                 No. 2 Hokies fell to No. 1
                                 Florida State.
                                       The season brought
                                                                  five who formed the heart of
                                                                  Tech’s kicking game. Those
                                                                  departures, coupled with the
                                                                  loss of key junior starters Ike
                                                                  Charlton and Shyrone Stith to
                                                                  the NFL, left the Hokies
                                                                  facing some strong
                                                                  challenges in preparing for
                                                                                                         the 2000 season with less
                                                                                                         experience, they still will have
                                                                                                         their share of talent.
                                                                                                              In redshirt sophomore
                                                                                                         quarterback Michael Vick, the
                                                                                                         Hokies have a truly special
                                                                                                         player who has the ability to
                                                                                                         take over a game with his
                                                                                                         play-making ability as both a
                                 unparalleled exposure and        the 2000 season.
     Tech fielded one of its     respect to the Tech program.          “I feel good about this           passer and runner. The
                                 It also brought to a close the   football team, but I can’t ever        offensive line, where four
                                 careers of 20 seniors,           remember having to fill so             starters return, has the
                                 including seven who were         many positions – both                  experience and depth to be
                                 starters on defense and          starting and backup,” Head             one of the Hokies’ best ever.
                                                                  Coach Frank Beamer said.               And the receiving corps, led
                                                                  “We spent the spring                   by record-setting redshirt
                                                                  determining who our best               junior André Davis, has great
                                                                  players were and getting               potential despite its youth.
                                                                  them on the field.                          Even on defense, where
                                                                       “Most of our players              the Hokies suffered their
                                                                  have experienced first-hand            heaviest losses, there are a
                                                                       what it takes in terms of         number of positives,
                                                                            effort, dedication and       beginning with senior rover
                                                                               focus to play at the      Cory Bird. Bird, one of the
                                                                               highest level. Our        team’s unsung heroes last
                                                                                challenge is to see      season, appears ready to
                                                                                if we can do that        take a leading role for a new
                                                                                again with this          wave of Tech defenders.
                                                                               team. We’re going              There also will be plenty
                                                                                  to attack the          of the Hokies’ defensive
                                                                                     season the          trademark – speed. Tech’s
                                                                                         same way        two major position changes
                                                                                         as 1999,        during the spring – switching
                                                                                          but without    senior Nick Sorensen from
                                                                                          the            free safety to outside
                                                                                         experience.”    linebacker and moving junior
                                                                                             Although    Ben Taylor from outside
                                                                                        the Hokies       linebacker to an inside
                                                                                        will head into   linebacker position – were
                                                                                                         both made to add speed to
                                                                                                         their new positions.
                                                                                                              “I think this is going to be
                                                                                                         a fast defensive team,”
                                                                                         aims to
                                                                                                         Beamer said. “We may not be
                                                                                         take            particularly big, but we should
                                                                                        advantage        be very athletic.”
                                                                                        of being a            The Tech staff
                                                                                        starter in       successfully addressed
                                                                                      2000.                        Continued on next page

                                                                                        2000 Virginia Tech Football                   25
2000 Outloook                                                        return of four starters and the   helped the Hokies win some
Continued from previous page                                         majority of its top reserves.     big games last year, finished
                                                                     Only centers Keith Short and      the spring No. 1 at center, but
several priorities during the
                                                                     Tim Schnecker and backup          not before withstanding a
spring, including solidifying
                                                                     guard Daniel Nihipali are         strong challenge from redshirt
the tailback and free safety
                                                                     missing from last year’s line     freshman Jake Grove.
positions and developing the
                                                                     that cleared the way for Tech     DeMasi will match his
team’s young group of
                                                                     to set a BIG EAST single-         experience against Grove’s
receivers. Others are still
                                                                     season rushing record of          strong physical presence
                                                                     2,793 yards.                      again in August in a battle
      Tech’s place-kicking
                                                                           Seniors Matt Lehr and       that only figures to make both
duties appear to be in solid
                                                                     Dave Kadela, who both             players better and the Hokies
hands with redshirt freshman
                                                                     earned All-BIG EAST honors        stronger at center.
Carter Warley, but several
                                                                     last season, anchor the line.           As for depth, Stinespring
other special teams questions
                                                                     Lehr, a 6-2, 285-pound left       appears to have enough
will have to be answered
                                                                     guard, allowed just one sack      quality performers to keep the
when practice resumes in
                                                                     last season and led the team      first wave rested. The Hokies
August. The continued
                                                                     in knockdown blocks. Kadela,      should be particularly strong
development of Tech’s young
                                                                     a 6-6, 290-pound right tackle,    at tackle with Matt Wincek
defensive ends also will be a
                                                                     saw action on 84 percent of       and Anthony Davis returning
priority during preseason
                                                                     Tech’s offensive snaps in ’99     behind Kadela and Lambo.
                                                                     and rates as the team’s best      Both Wincek, a 6-5, 285-
      “We have had to fill a lot
                                   Carter Warley is expected to      overall pass protector. The       pound junior, and Davis, a
of shoes,” admitted Beamer.
                                   take over the place-kicking       Sporting News, in its             6-4, 318-pound sophomore,
“But, I really believe we will
                                   duties.                           preseason football edition,       saw their share of action
rise to the challenge.”
                                                                     rated Kadela the No. 3            during the 1999 season. And
      Meeting challenges has       develop depth along the           offensive tackle in the           both had productive springs.
helped bring the Tech              offensive line and at wide        Division I-A ranks and Lehr             Wincek has matured into
program to a new level. Now,       receiver and to keep bringing     the No. 5 offensive guard.        an outstanding player and
the Hokies are hoping it will      the offense along.                      The Hokies’ other two       gives the Hokies versatility
help them stay there.                   The emergence of Lee         returning starters — right        with his ability to play either
                                   Suggs and Wayne Ward
The Offense                        during the spring, and the
                                   expected return of veteran
                                                                     guard Josh Redding and left
                                                                     tackle Anthony Lambo — also
                                                                     have all-star potential and
                                                                                                       tackle position. Davis was
                                                                                                       Tech’s most improved
                                                                                                       offensive player during spring
      With eight starters          André Kendrick, should            have both been named to All-      practice and will keep the
returning, led by spectacular      eliminate any questions at
                                                                     BIG EAST teams selected by        pressure on Lambo for the
quarterback Michael Vick,          tailback. The Hokies also
                                                                     preseason publications.           starting job. He has the size,
Tech’s offensive unit figures      were successful in
                                                                     Redding, at 6-4, 306-pounds,      strength and physical style of
to be the team’s strong point      developing more depth and
                                                                     has bench pressed a team-         play that coaches love.
for the 2000 season. But that      bringing the offense along.
                                                                     record 500 pounds and has               “I feel like I have
doesn’t mean offensive                  “By ‘bringing the offense
                                                                     the potential to be a dominate    four starters at
coordinator Rickey Bustle is       along’ I meant giving Michael
                                                                     player. Lambo, the starter at     tackle,” said
standing still.                    Vick more responsibility,” said
                                                                     left tackle, combines
      “We’ve added a few new       Bustle. “We had some new
                                                                     excellent athleticism and
touches to our offense,”           things we wanted to take a
                                                                     4.9 speed with his 6-3,
Bustle said. “We want to keep      look at offensively. In order
                                                                     291-pound frame.
challenging our players. Just      for the offense to continue
                                                                           “We have four
                                   moving forward, we needed
because you have a lot of                                            proven starters back,”
                                   to keep Michael moving along
players back doesn’t                                                 offensive line coach
                                   in terms of handling
guarantee you will be                                                Bryan Stinespring
                                   additional responsibilities.”
successful. We always want                                           said. “We are going to
                                        As for the overall
our players to keep striving to                                      rely heavily on those
                                   progress of the offense,
improve.”                                                            guys for leadership.”
                                   Bustle seems to be pleased.
      Only three starters —                                                Stinespring’s main
                                        “I think we will be ready
split end Ricky Hall, center                                         objectives during spring
                                   to step up and do our part,”
Keith Short and tailback                                             practice were to solidify the
                                   Bustle said. “If we maintain
Shyrone Stith — are missing                                          center position and continue
                                   our work ethic and continue
from last year’s offensive unit                                      developing quality depth.
                                   responding to challenges, I
that led the Division I-A ranks                                      The Hokies were successful
                                   believe this offense can be as
in scoring with an average of                                        on both fronts.
                                   good as any we’ve had.”
41.4 points a game.                                                        Redshirt junior Steve
      Filling the void left by                                       DeMasi, who stepped in and
Stith’s early departure for the    Offensive Line
NFL draft was one of the                Tech’s offensive line            Anthony Lambo is one
main objectives of spring          figures to be the deepest and         of four returning
practice. The Hokies’ other        most experienced unit on the          starters on the OL.
offensive priorities were to       2000 team thanks to the

26     2000 Virginia Tech Football
                                          Stinespring will            yards and Slowikowski               offseason, breaking four
                                        welcome a trio of             caught three passes for 47          position records in strength
                                        promising freshmen in         yards. Sixteen of those 17          and conditioning testing. He
                                        Jonathan Dunn,                receptions by the tight ends        became the first football
                                        Robert Ramsey and             resulted in first downs for the     player to earn Elite athlete
                                        Travis Conway.                Hokies.                             honors under Mike Gentry’s
                                                                           Despite starting 24            new format.
                                                                                                               “That’s been Browning’s
                                        The Tight                     straight games at the position
                                                                      over the past two seasons,          trademark — his work ethic,”
                                        Ends                          Carter (6-2, 261) will have to      Pearman said. “Not just on
                                            All three members of      battle to regain a starting role.   the field, but off it, too. The
                                         last year’s playing          Wynn and Slowikowski will           strength and conditioning
                                         rotation at tight end        enter preseason workouts as         program has made him a
                                         are expected to be on        co-starters after enjoying          player and he works hard at
                                         hand when practice           outstanding springs. Wynn           it. He takes pride in
                                         opens, including senior      was named the team’s top            everything he does.”
                                         Derek Carter who did         offensive hustler of the spring          Joining the three
                                         not participate in           and won Tech’s Ironman              veterans at the position are
                                         spring practice. Carter      competition during the              highly-touted Keith Willis, a
                                         will rejoin rising juniors   summer. Slowikowski turned          6-5, 234-pounder who
                                         Browning Wynn (6-3,          in his best spring                  redshirted last season, and
                                         228) and Bob                 performance since coming to         walk-on Seth Noonkester
Josh Redding is one of Tech’s            Slowikowski (6-5, 253)       Tech and became more                (6-5, 255), another redshirt
strongest players.                     to give Coach Danny            consistent every practice.          freshman. Willis showed
                                     Pearman an experienced                “I think each of them          good progress during the
Stinespring, who will get        group of performers.                 brings something a little           spring, while Noonkester was
added depth at the positions          Last season, Pearman            different to the game,” said        a pleasant surprise. The
from redshirt sophomore Tim      divided the reps during              Pearman. “We wanted to              former high school
Selmon (6-5, 274) and senior     games between Carter, Wynn           create some competition for         quarterback exhibited good
Jeff Hartzog (6-3, 262).         and Slowikowski, with each           the starting job and make           potential for the future.
     Stinespring doesn’t have    getting anywhere between             sure everyone’s working                  Pearman also will take a
quite the same luxury at         15-25 snaps per game                 hard. We’ve come a long way         look at a pair of incoming
guard, although senior Joe       depending on the situation.          the past two years and I’m          freshmen — Jared Mazzetta
Marchant, who was                Carter finished with seven           going to let them battle it out.”   and Mike Jackson — when
                                 catches for 132 yards, Wynn               Prior to spring practice,      practice opens.
redshirted last season, and
redshirt sophomore Luke          caught seven passes for 157          Wynn enjoyed an outstanding
Owens both have good ability                                                                              Quarterbacks
and some experience.                                                                                             After helping Virginia
Marchant, in particular,                                                                                  Tech to the national
figures to give the Hokies a                                                                              championship game in his
boost after starting six games                                                                            first collegiate season, what
in 1998. The 6-3, 295-                                                                                    will Michael Vick do for an
pounder has the ability to                                                                                encore? Tech offensive
play any position along the                                                                               coordinator and quarterbacks
offensive line if needed.                                                                                 coach Rickey Bustle believes
Owens, who also has spent                                                                                 the answer to that question is
some time at center, is                                                                                   continue to get better.
beginning to show the ability                                                                                    “Michael is a very special
and toughness that Tech’s                                                                                 player with outstanding talent
coaches have been expecting                                                                               and physical skills,” Bustle
from him.                                                                                                 said. “But we are still dealing
     The 6-3, 295-pound                                                                                   with a young quarterback. He
Owens will work behind                                                                                    still has room to grow as a
Redding at right guard along                                                                              player. We are going to give
with redshirt freshman Jacob                                                                              him more responsibility and
Gibson (6-3, 280) and 6-1,                                                                                see how he responds.”
269-pound walk-on Matt                                                                                           What Vick accomplished
Findley. Joining Marchant                                                                                 as a redshirt freshman was
behind Lehr at left guard will                                                                            nothing short of phenomenal.
be redshirt freshman Anthony                                                                              Not only was he named the
Nelson (6-3, 320) and true                                                                                BIG EAST Conference
freshman Charles Hattan                                                                                   Rookie of the Year and
(6-1, 290). Transfer Ricky                                                                                Offensive Player of the Year,
Hudson (6-3, 272) moved into                                                                              he also won All-America
the No. 3 center spot with his                                                                            honors, earned an ESPY as
performance in spring            Browning Wynn is one of three solid tight ends in Tech’s                 the nation’s top college
practice.                        offensive system.                                                                   Continued on next page

                                                                                           2000 Virginia Tech Football                  27
2000 Outlook                        Kendrick, the team’s second-       nosed style of running.            Hawkins, a senior, bounced
Continued from previous page        leading rusher, who was                 With Kendrick scheduled       back strong from a foot injury
                                    ineligible to participate in       to return, Hite can expect         that sidelined him for most of
performer and finished third in                                                                           the 1998 season. He turned in
                                    spring practice.                   some strong competition for
the balloting for the Heisman                                                                             some big plays while sharing
                                          For Hite, however, the       playing time. Kendrick rushed
Trophy.                                                                                                   time with Ferguson.
                                    situation was far from bleak.      for 645 yards and seven
      In 10 regular season
                                    Enter Lee Suggs. Enter             touchdowns last season as a              Also looking for time at
games, Vick completed 90 of
                                    Wayne Ward. Enter Keith            junior, setting a school single-   fullback is junior Wayne
152 passes for a school
                                    Burnell and Doug Easlick.          season mark for yards per          Briggs. Briggs served as a
single-season record passing
                                          “We have some                carry (6.3) along the way.         reserve fullback for the last
percentage of 59.2. He led the
                                    outstanding prospects at                “I was pleased with the       eight games last season and
Division I-A ranks in passing
                                    tailback,” Hite said. “Shyrone     way our tailbacks stepped up       has put himself into contention
efficiency (180.37), setting a
                                    was a great player for us, but     during the spring,” Hite said.     with steady improvement
NCAA record for a freshman
                                    when he left, it didn’t leave      “There is going to be a big        during his career.
in the process. The left-hander
                                    the cupboard bare. With            battle for playing time when             Depth will be provided by
threw for 1,840 yards and 12
                                    André sitting out, we got a        preseason practice rolls           a trio of redshirt freshmen —
touchdowns and was
                                    chance to get our younger          around.”                           Joe Wilson, Marvin Urquhart
intercepted just five times.
                                    players a lot of reps during            Hite didn’t have to worry     and Ryan Angelo. All three
Vick finished third on the team
in rushing with 585 yards and       the spring. Those players          about filling any shoes at         players bring different running
eight touchdowns on 108             pushed each other and it           fullback where a pair of           and blocking styles to the
carries. In Tech’s Sugar Bowl       made them all better.”                                 proven         position.
game against Florida State,               Suggs, a former high                                                  “We plan to continue
he accounted for 322 yards of       school All-American, stole the                                        working to get better each
total offense.                      spotlight during spring                                               day at both tailback and
      Joining Vick at the           practice. The 6-0, 201-                                               fullback,” Hite said. “The
quarterback position are            pound sophomore                                                       competition should make us
redshirt senior Dave Meyer,         possesses a combination                                               as strong as ever.”
redshirt sophomore Grant Noel       of speed, strength and
and true freshman Jason             competitiveness that                                                  The Wide Receivers
Davis. Meyer gives the Hokies       makes him hard to stop. He                                                 Athletically, this could be
a veteran performer behind          played in nine games                                                  one of the Hokies’ best
Vick. He has matured as a           overall last year and                                                 overall receiving corps. There
quarterback over the past two       turned in his two best                                                is enough talent here to help
seasons and possesses               rushing performances                                                  quarterback Michael Vick put
excellent ability to go with his    at the end of the                                                     plenty of excitement into
experience in the Tech system.      season. Suggs was the                                                 Tech’s passing game.
      Noel traveled with the        top rusher in the                                                          For the most part, Tech’s
team last fall but saw only         Maroon-White spring                                                   receivers for the 2000 season
brief action. He has shown the      game with 72 yards on 12                                              are big, fast and young. Five
ability to make plays and good      carries.                                                              of the top seven players at
decisions but is still working to         “I was really pleased with                                      the wide receiver positions
do both with more                   the success that Lee had in                                           are freshmen or sophomores.
consistency.                        the spring,” said Hite. “He has                                       The other two are
      Davis entered Tech in         really developed into an                                              experienced juniors André
January after playing his final     excellent back.”                                                      Davis and Emmett Johnson,
season of high school football            Hite is equally as high on                                      who enter the 2000 season
in the fall. The move allowed       Ward, a rising junior who                                             No. 1 on the depth chart at
him to go through spring            pushed Suggs during the                                               flanker and split end,
practice and start learning the     second half of spring                                                 respectively.
Hokies’ offense system with no      practice. Like Suggs, Ward                                                 “I think this can be a
pressure. He should gain even       has the size, speed and                                               special group of receivers,”
more valuable experience as a       strength to be a punishing           Lee Suggs will                   receivers coach Tony Ball
redshirt this fall.                 runner. He rates as the most         battle for                       said. “I am especially
                                    physical tailback on the             starting time at                 encouraged that we have two
The Running Backs                   squad and the best blocker at        tailback.                        quality players and
       A lot of attention was       the position.                                                         individuals in André and
focused on the tailback spot              Also looking to earn                                            Emmett to serve as examples
last spring where Tech running      some playing time at tailback      players — Jarrett Ferguson         for our young receivers. With
backs coach Billy Hite found        are Burnell and Easlick.           and Cullen Hawkins —               their leadership, I think this
himself with some big shoes         Redshirt sophomore Burnell         return. Ferguson, a junior         group will be conscientious
to fill.                            — another former high school       who started every game last        about the game and will want
       Gone was Shyrone Stith,      All-American — has improved        season, has excelled as both       to be successful. When you
who left Tech early for the NFL     in all areas and brings good       a blocker and a runner. He         have those kind of
draft after rushing for 1,119       talent to the table. Easlick, a    became just the second “Elite”     ingredients good things
yards and 13 touchdowns             redshirt freshman, has caught      athlete with his work in the       happen.”
during the Hokies’ 11-1             the eyes of the coaching staff     offseason strength and                  Lots of good things
season. Absent was André            with his toughness and hard-       conditioning program.              happened when the Hokies

28     2000 Virginia Tech Football
got the ball to Davis last         up and answered that              walk-on Josh Tessar and            end positions, along with
season. The 6-1, 200-pound         challenge were sophomore          highly-regarded freshmen           building quality depth overall.
speedster led the team with        Shawn Witten and redshirt         Richard Johnson and Eric           The coaching staff believes it
35 catches for 962 yards and       freshmen Ernest Wilford, Ron      Green.                             accomplished most of its
a school record 27.5 yards         Moody and Andraé Harrison.                                           goals during the spring, but
per catch. He tied a school        Witten did everything the                                            the coaches know that the
season mark for touchdown
receptions with nine. Davis
                                   Hokies asked of him last
                                   season as a freshman,             The Defense                        team has to continue
                                                                                                        improving and building depth
added two more touchdowns          including working at both the                                        during the preseason.
                                                                           When talking about the
on reverses and another on a       split end and flanker positions                                            “We set our sights on
                                                                     best defensive units in
fumble recovery to finish as       and contributing on special                                          going out every day during
                                                                     college football over the past
                                   teams. His aggressiveness,                                           the spring and improving as a
                                                                     five years, one name that has
                                   football savvy and desire to                                         unit,” Foster said. “I saw a
                                                                     been a mainstay has been
                                   win make him a valuable                                              vast improvement during the
                                                                     Virginia Tech. In fact, one of
                                   asset and should translate                                           last half of the spring. I was
                                                                     the reasons the Hokies
                                   into even more playing time                                          pleased with the work ethic,
                                                                     played for the national
                                   this fall.                                                           attitude and athletic ability,
                                                                     championship last season
                                         Wilford may have been                                          especially with our
                                                                     was the stalwart play of the
                                   Ball’s most impressive pupil                                         newcomers and younger
                                                                     defense. The secret of their
                                   during the spring even though                                        players.
                                                                     past accomplishments can be
                                   he missed the majority of                                                  “This is the first time in a
                                                                     only be attributed to only one
                                   contact work with an ankle                                           long time that the defense
                                                                     thing — a solid work ethic.
                                   injury. While sidelined from                                         has been labeled a question
                                                                           This season, that solid
                                   the physical part of the game,                                       mark. In my mind, it’s not a
                                                                     work ethic will be put to the
                                   he worked hard on the mental                                         question mark. We’re going
                                                                     test in order to keep the
                                   part, attending every meeting                                        to have some growing pains
                                                                     program at that level of
                                   and spending hours on his                                            this season. It’s just going to
                                                                     success. With eight starters
                                   own studying film. Wilford                                           be a matter of us performing
                                                                     gone from last year’s squad
                                   possesses the size (6-4,                                             as a unit when the lights are
                                                                     and two of the three returning
                                   205), athleticism (Atlantic 10                                       on.”
                                                                     starters changing positions
                                   triple jump champion) and         during the spring, the defense
                                   overall skills to become a        has its work cut out for it this   The Defensive Line
                                   special player. Ball is hoping    fall.                                    The defensive line
                                   that Wilford develops rapidly           Four All-Americans and       underwent a complete facelift
                                   enough to be able to spell        six BIG EAST performers are        during the spring, having to
Shawn Witten is
                                   Davis at flanker without there    gone from last year’s defense      replace all four starting
expected to see more
playing time this fall.
                                   being a drop-off in               that led the nation in scoring     positions, build depth and
                                   performance.                      defense. Seven of the top 10       develop chemistry among the
                                         Moody also made a big       tacklers, along with the top       group. Gone from last year
the team’s third-leading           impression during the spring,     two in interceptions,              are four senior starters who
scorer with 72 points.             moving into the No. 2 spot at     quarterback sacks and              helped form one of the best
     Johnson, who shared           split end behind Johnson.         tackles for loss won’t be back     defensive lines in Tech
time at split end with             The invited walk-on from          either.                            history.
departing senior Ricky Hall in     Chesapeake, Va., exhibited              “We graduated eight                Defensive end Corey
1999, has not posted as            maturity to go with his           starters from last year’s team     Moore, Tech’s most honored
impressive numbers as              receiving ability. Harrison, a    who had years of experience        football player, earned All-
Davis, but he has shown            high school All-American who      and were very productive in        America distinction for the
steady improvement and             was rated among the top 10        our system.” Tech defensive        second-straight year and
definitely has the ability to be   prep receivers in the country,    coordinator Bud Foster said.       toured the country during the
a threat in his own right. Last    started his Tech career           “However, we were able to          month of December,
year, Johnson caught 10            slowly, but produced his best     play a lot of different guys the   collecting almost every
passes for 147 yards and one       performances of the year          past two years. Hopefully,         defensive honor imaginable.
touchdown. This season, the        during the last two weeks of      those guys will be ready to        He set the single-season BIG
Hokies hope to take more           spring practice. With             step up and assume the             EAST record with 17
advantage of his 6-3, 211-         continued progress in August,     starting role.                     quarterback sacks and
pound frame, 36-inch vertical      he also could play an                   “We have been spoiled        finished with 60 tackles,
jump and 4.4 speed.                important role at split end.      by experience and depth the        including 11 tackles for loss.
     During spring practice,             Redshirt sophomore          last couple of years. Now,               Opposite Moore at the
Ball got his young players a       Terrell Parham, who caught        we’re trying to create that        other end, John Engelberger
lot of repetitions to see who      nine passes for 98 yards as a     kind of depth again. The           was equally impressive in his
would mature the quickest.         top backup last season,           talent is here, but it will take   own rite, earning All-America
     “We were not looking for      hopes to join the mix for         some time to develop.”             honors. He finished with 53
backups,” Ball said. “We were      playing time when practice              During spring practice,      tackles, including six tackles
looking for people who could       rolls around. Others who will     most of the attention was          for loss and seven
play. Players who could make       get looks are senior Anthony      placed on finding                  quarterback sacks. Tackles
an impact.”                        Thibodeau, junior Mike            replacements at the safety         Nathaniel Williams and Carl
     The players who stepped       Donahue, redshirt freshman        position and both defensive                   Continued on next page

                                                                                        2000 Virginia Tech Football                   29
2000 Outlook                      of heads during the spring,       finishing with 27
Continued from previous page      should be the No. 2 tackle        tackles and five
                                  behind Beasley.                   quarterback
Bradley combined for 82                 The coaching staff is       hurries. Redshirt
tackles, including three          very excited about the            sophomore Ken
tackles for loss and four         improvement of walk-on Mark       Keister is also
quarterback sacks.                Costen during the spring. He      available to add
      “No one expects our         will add depth this season        depth.
defensive line to be very         and could possibly battle for           “We had a
good this year,” defensive line   playing time if he continues to   very good spring,
coach Charley Wiles said.         improve. Junior college           which should be a
“The players are personally       transfer Channing Reed            good start to our
taking this as a challenge and    enrolled at Tech this summer.     preseason camp,”
feeding off of it. They worked    If he proves himself during       Wiles said. “If we
very hard in the offseason        preseason fall practice, he       continue to
and now are physically ready      could also challenge for          improve, we will be
to begin preseason practice. I    playing time. Another             a solid defensive
expect the level of effort and    candidate who could figure        line by the Georgia
competition to be very high       into playing time at one of the   Tech game.
from start to finish.”            tackle positions is redshirt            “We will be
      Scheduled to assume         sophomore Thenus Franklin.        athletic and strong,
the starting honors at the              Nathaniel Adibi and         but we will have to
tackle position are juniors       Lamar Cobb have emerged           get bigger and
                                                                                             Chad Beasley will step into a starting
Chad Beasley and David            as the starters at the            stronger at the          defensive tackle spot this season.
Pugh. Both have seen plenty       defensive end positions. Both     point of attack.
of action over the past two       enjoyed productive spring         Looking at this
seasons and should be ready       campaigns and should be           group as a whole, they could        interceptions with two and
to inherit the starting roles.    ready to assume their new         possibly be faster and more         tied for the team lead in pass
      Beasley played in every     responsibilities when they        talented than the last group        breakups with six.
game last season and even         arrive in August.                 that came through. The key is             Nick Sorensen, last
received the starting nod               Adibi, a redshirt           whether they have the work          year’s starter at free safety,
three times. He also played       freshman, sat out last season     ethic and commitment to get         made the move to the whip
an important role on special      to build his strength, improve    it done.”                           position in the spring and is
teams, seeing time on over        his speed and develop his                                             slated to be the starter. He
100 plays. Beasley finished       skills. He was a much-            The Linebackers                     worked hard during the spring
with 39 tackles, including four   heralded player from                                                  and is ready for a stellar
                                                                          Like the defensive line,
for loss and had two              Phoebus High School in                                                senior season. Sorensen
                                                                    the linebacker unit had to
quarterback sacks.                Hampton, Va., being listed                                            started every game at free
                                                                    reload, finding starters and
      He missed most of the       among the best senior                                                 safety last season,
                                                                    securing depth during spring
spring with a pulled quadricep    defensive lineman in the                                              contributing 70 tackles,
                                                                    practice. The coaching staff
muscle, but will be ready for     country by several                                                    including two tackles for loss
                                                                    believes with the personnel
preseason camp in August.         publications. Cobb, a redshirt                                        and three quarterback sacks.
                                                                    changes that were made
His absence during spring         sophomore, received limited                                                 “Nick adjusted to his
allowed other players more                                          during the spring, the defense
                                  action last season at                                                 move, becoming more
reps at the tackle positions,                                       will gain speed and be closer
                                  defensive end and on special                                          comfortable by the time
helping to build the needed                                         to the point of attack.
                                  teams. He played on the                                               spring practice had finished,”
depth.                                                                    “I was pleased with the
                                  junior varsity team last year                                         said Jim Cavanaugh, outside
      Pugh also played in                                           linebackers during the
                                  and showed improvement.                                               linebackers and strong safety
every game last season,                 Challenging Cobb at the     spring,” Foster said. “They
                                                                    showed a lot of improvement.        coach. “He’s big, has good
seeing action on almost 40        one end position will be
                                                                    The move with Ben Taylor            coverage skills and brings
percent of Tech’s defensive       redshirt freshman Cols Colas,
                                                                    really paid off. He has a           experience to the position.”
plays. He finished with 34        who worked hard during the
                                                                    chance to be an outstanding               “We’re looking for Nick
tackles and was fourth on the     spring and should see plenty
team in quarterback sacks                                           player at the backer position.”     Sorensen to step up and be a
                                  of action this fall. Ron Cook,
(4), total tackles for loss (7)   a redshirt junior, will add             Lost from last year are       leader on the defense this
and quarterback hurries (7).      depth behind Adibi at the         All-American Jamel Smith            year.” Foster said. “He has
Pugh also forced two fumbles      other end position. He saw        and starting mike linebacker        been a proven performer and
and had three pass                playing time in seven games       Michael Hawkes. Smith was           should provide even more
deflections.                      last season at defensive end      the team’s leading tackler last     value this season, playing the
      Adding depth and            and on special teams,             season, registering 89 stops        whip position where we can
pushing for playing time at       recording nine tackles and        and was second in tackles for       utilize his strengths.”
the tackle positions will be      two quarterback sacks.            loss with eight. Hawkes was               Also adding depth at the
redshirt junior Dan Wilkinson           The depth chart could       sixth on the team in tackles        whip position and challenging
and freshman Kevin Lewis.         change if experienced senior      with 69. He also finished with      for more playing time is Tee
Wilkinson is expected to be       Derrius Monroe returns from       two tackles for loss, three         Butler. Returnee T.J. Jackson
the No. 2 tackle behind Pugh,     a suspension. Monroe played       quarterback sacks, was              and Deon Provitt, who
and Lewis, who turned a lot       in all 12 games last year,        second on the team in               worked at the free safety

30     2000 Virginia Tech Football
position during the spring, will   tackles, including one for       passing game.”                    He needs to gain experience
also get a look at the whip        loss.                                  Pressuring Houseright       and continue learning the
position.                                Robinson redshirted last   will be redshirt junior Brian     position.
      Butler was a backup last     season to build up his           Welch. He missed last year
season, seeing time in six         strength and develop his         with a knee injury, but made      The Defensive
games, and also saw                skills. He showed a lot of       tremendous progress in his
extensive time on special          potential during spring          rehabilitation. Welch enjoyed     Secondary
teams. He finished with 31         workouts, feeling more           a fine spring campaign                 The secondary is in the
tackles, including four for        comfortable with his             working his way back from         best shape of any position on
loss. He broke several             responsibilities. He has good    the injury. He was an             the defense. During the
personal records during            speed and strength and has       important reserve two years       spring, the biggest concerns
winter workouts and received       shown the ability to make        ago and was one of the            were to find a starter at free
Super Hokie honors in the          plays. The coaches believe       Hokies’ most improved             safety, a backup at the
weight room.                       he has a lot of promise and is   players before the injury         boundary corner and develop
      “Tee really has worked       very coachable, but lacks        ended his season. He’s a          depth at all four positions.
hard and is in great shape.”       experience.                      solid, physical and smart              “I was very pleased with
Cavanaugh said. “He’s                    The mike linebacker        player but needs to gain          spring practice,” defensive
stronger and quicker and           position will be anchored by     confidence back from the          backs coach Lorenzo Ward
should be more comfortable         junior Jake Houseright. He is    injury.                           said. “We went into the spring
in his position. He should         a big linebacker who is                Also competing for          looking for a starter at free
make a major impact with our       physical and runs well.          playing time at the mike          safety and came out feeling
program and challenge for          Houseright needs to stay         linebacker position are           good with the performances
more playing time.”                away from the nagging            redshirt sophomore Alex           of Willie Pile and Billy
      Ben Taylor, who moved        injuries that have plagued       Markogiannakis and redshirt       Hardee. We still have to find
from the whip position to the      him over his career. He          freshman Chris Buie.              a fourth cornerback to give us
backer position, is back as        injured his knee during          Markogiannakis is a walk-on       the needed personnel on
the starter at the position he     preseason practice last fall,    who comes from a good high        each side and continue to
played two years ago. He has       but came back to play an         school program. He has good       work on developing depth.
good cover skills and is quick     important backup role,           instincts and vision and is a     Overall, we have a chance to
to the point of attack, which      finishing the season with 22     tough football player. He         be as good, if not better, than
should be an added plus this       tackles.                         made the travel squad last        last year in the secondary.”
season. Taylor was third on              “We are expecting Jake     year but saw limited playing           Gone from last year’s
the team in tackles last           to stay healthy and take the     time. Buie redshirted last year   talented secondary are All-
season, totaling 71 stops. He      next step this year,” Foster     and worked at the backer          American Anthony Midget,
also finished with five tackles    said. “He’s a strong player, a   position before moving to the     starter Ike Charlton and Nick
for loss, one quarterback          big linebacker who runs well.    mike position in the spring.      Sorensen, who was moved to
sack and tied for the team         We’re hoping he will be a        He is an athletic player who      the whip position. Midget, a
lead in pass breakups with         physical run stopper in the      has tremendous strength and       third-team All-American, was
six. Taylor gained more            middle and solid in the          good movement and speed.          a big hitter, finishing with 24
weight and strength during                                                                            tackles, including a tackle for
the offseason, which will aid                                                                         loss and led the team in
him in his new position.                                                                              interceptions with four.
      “I have high expectations                                                                       Charlton, a second-team all-
for Ben and expect him to                                                                             BIG EAST performer, was
help lead the defense,”
                                                                                                      seventh on the team in
Foster said. “He has worked
                                                                                                      tackles with 51, including five
hard and become stronger.
                                                                                                      tackles for loss. He scored
Ben understands the game
very well, has good vision                                                                            two defensive touchdowns.
and is a good tackler. He’s                                                                           Charlton left the team after
just a good football player.”                                                                         his junior season to enter the
      Also adding depth and                                                                           NFL draft.
competing for playing time at                                                                              Cory Bird, one of the
the backer position will be                                                                           most unheralded players on
senior Benny Wolfe and                                                                                the defense last season,
redshirt freshman Vegas                                                                               returns to claim the starting
Robinson. Both are players                                                                            rover position. Bird, the
who show promise.                                                                                     defensive most valuable
      Wolfe, a demon on                                                                               player in the spring game,
special teams, is hard-nosed                                                                          started all 12 games last
and has a knack of being                                                                              year, ranking second in
around the ball. He is tough,                                                                         tackles (74), third in
has excellent speed and is                                                                            quarterback sacks (6) and
one of the team’s stronger                                                                            had 12 tackles for loss. He
players. Wolfe saw action as                                                                          has worked hard in the
a linebacker in seven              Ben Taylor moves to the backer position, a spot he played          weight room during the
contests and contributed 24        two years ago.                                                               Continued on next page

                                                                                       2000 Virginia Tech Football                31
2000 Outlook                       Ward said. “Ronyell adds                                                     Gone from last year’s
Continued from previous page       speed and quickness and                                                Tech team are four-time All-
offseason, being honored for       even though Larry won’t be                                             BIG EAST kicker Shayne
                                   as big and physical like Ike                                           Graham and three-time All-
the fifth-straight year as a
                                   Charlton was, he will be an                                            BIG EAST punter Jimmy
Super Iron Hokie.
                                   outstanding performer for                                              Kibble. Also missing are
     “Cory had a very good
                                   us.”                                                                   starting holder Caleb Hurd,
year last season,”
                                        Whitaker saw plenty of                                            starting deep snappers
Cavanaugh said. “I believe
                                   action as a backup last                                                Shane Beamer and Cliff
that he played the best at the
                                   season at corner and was                                               Anders and return men Ricky
rover position of anyone
                                   used on special teams. He                                              Hall and Shyrone Stith. The
since I have been here. He is
                                   should be ready to step up                                             Hokies do not return a single
solid in every area and is an
                                   this season and take the                                               letterman at any of those
excellent leader.”
                                   starting role. Whitaker                                                positions.
     Phillip Summers will add
                                   played in all 12 games,
depth at the rover spot,                                                                                        The heir apparent to
                                   averaging 36 plays a game
backing up Bird. He saw                                                                                   Graham’s place-kicking
                                   over the final seven
action in all 12 games last                                                                               duties is redshirt freshman
                                   contests. He finished with
year and was a starter on                                                                                 Carter Warley who has a
                                   29 total tackles, including
special teams. He finished                                                                                strong leg and the potential
                                   two for loss and batted
with 14 tackles and had two                                                                               to become an outstanding
                                   down four passes.               Larry Austin wowed coaches
quarterback sacks. He played                                                                              kicker. Warley showed
                                        Austin also saw plenty during spring practice.
a season-high 27 plays                                                                                    excellent range and
                                   of time as a backup last
against Rutgers last season                                            camp begins in August.             consistency during spring
and returned an interception       season and should get the
                                   starting nod at the boundary              Redshirt sophomore           practice. Walk-on Jon
43 yards for a touchdown                                               Willie Pile is slated to be the    Mollerup, who kicked for
against Syracuse.                  corner. He played in all 12
                                   contests and led the team in        starter at the free safety         Tech’s jayvee team in 1999,
     Also trying to fit into the                                                                          also showed potential during
                                   special teams plays,                position. He saw limited
mix at the rover position are                                                                             the spring and will get
                                   averaging 17 plays a game.          action as a freshman last
walk-on Chris Krebs and                                                                                   another look in the fall.
                                   Austin finished with 38             season playing in only three
redshirt freshman Michael                                                                                       Redshirt freshman
                                   tackles, including one for loss     games. He finished with 12
                                   and a quarterback sack. He          tackles, including one for loss    Robert Peaslee came out of
     Ronyell Whitaker will
                                   also contributed a forced           and a quarterback sack.            spring practice as the leading
start at the field corner, and
                                   fumble, two pass breakups                 “Willie worked hard in the   candidate for the punting
Larry Austin is the starter at
the boundary corner.               and returned an interception        spring and came to the             duties vacated by Kibble.
     “Both saw a lot of action     31 yards for a touchdown at         forefront,” Ward said. “He         Peaslee showed a strong leg
last year and should solidify      Temple.                             was probably the most              and plenty of potential, but
the positions for us this year.”        “We should be as good          improved player during the         was inconsistent at times. He
                                   as we were last year at the         spring. He has good physical       is expected to get a strong
                                   corners with Ronyell and            skills and loves to hit.”          challenge from incoming
                                   Larry,” Ward said. “Larry is a            Redshirt freshman Billy      freshman recruit Vinnie
                                   great cover man that got            Hardee earned the No. 2 spot       Burns, a prep All-American
                                   better every day in practice        at free safety this spring. He     punter from New Orleans, La.
                                   during the spring, and Ronyell      was used at the safety                   Peaslee is also a leading
                                   also improved a lot and             position during fall practices     candidate for the holding
                                   showed tremendous ability.”         last year while being              duties. The coaching staff will
                                        Redshirt freshman              redshirted.                        likely try several players for
                                   Garnell Wilds will hold down              “Billy gave 100 percent      the job, including sure-
                                   the No. 2 spot at the field         on every play during the           handed receiver Shawn
                                   corner position behind              spring,” Ward said. “He            Witten.
                                   Whitaker. He worked hard in         proved that he is ready to               Redshirt sophomore
                                   the spring and showed a lot of      play the position this fall.”      Kevin Keister and transfer
                                   improvement but needs                     Another player who           Ricky Hudson are expected
                                   experience. Junior Philip           could figure in at free safety     to get work as snappers,
                                   Hicks, a walk-on, will enter        is junior college transfer         along with incoming offensive
                                   the preseason at the No. 2          Kevin McCadam, who Ward            line recruit Travis Conway
                                   spot at boundary corner             labels as a big-time hitter with   from Richmond, Va.
                                   behind Austin. He made the          great recognition skills.                The Tech staff will
                                   travel squad last season as a                                          continue to look at a large
                                   special teams member and                                               pool of candidates for the
                                   received limited playing time
                                   at cornerback, finishing with
                                                                       Special Teams                      punt and kickoff return duties.
                                                                                                          Among the candidates will be
                                   12 tackles.                              Plenty of time was            André Davis and Ronyell
                                        Newcomers Vincent              devoted to this area during        Whitaker for punts, and
Ronyell Whitaker will              Fuller and Eric Green will get      the spring and will be again in    Davis, Lee Suggs, André
anchor one of the corner           a look at the cornerback            August — and for good              Kendrick and Larry Austin for
spots.                             positions when preseason            reason.                            kickoffs.

32     2000 Virginia Tech Football
                                                                                                        1999 Lettermen

       Depth Chart           (Depth chart is subject to change.)
                                                                                                      & Returning Starters
                                                                                                       Total Lettermen: 61; Lost 24/Returning 37
                                                                                                                    (Starters in CAPS)
OFFENSE (Multiple)                              DEFENSE (4-3)
SE 18 Emmett Johnson (6-3, 207, Jr.)            DE 28 Lamar Cobb (6-2, 216, r-So.)
    82 Ronald Moody (6-0, 196, r-Fr.)               99 Cols Colas (6-0, 232, r-Fr.)                                  Offense
     1 Andraé Harrison (6-3, 209, r-Fr.)                                                          Lost (8)                      Returning (23)
                                                                                                  RICKY HALL               SE   Emmett Johnson*,
LT   59 Anthony Lambo (6-3, 291, r-Sr.)*        DT    94 Chad Beasley (6-5, 285, r-Jr.)
                                                                                                                                #Mike Donahue
or   57 Anthony Davis (6-4, 318, So.)                 70 Kevin Lewis (6-1, 267, Fr.)
                                                                                                  #Greg Myers              TE   DEREK CARTER,
                                                                                                                                Browning Wynn,
LG 69 Matt Lehr (6-2, 285, Sr.)*                DT    71 David Pugh (6-3, 271, r-Jr.)
   63 Joe Marchant (6-3, 295, r-Sr.)                  54 Dan Wilkinson (6-1, 258, r-Jr.)                                        Bob Slowikowski,
                                                                                                                           OT   DAVE KADELA,
C    61 Steve DeMasi (6-3, 276, r-Jr.)          DE    83 Nathaniel Adibi (6-3, 242, r-Fr.)                                      ANTHONY LAMBO,
     64 Jake Grove (6-3, 277, r-Fr.)                  51 Ron Cook (6-2, 234, r-Jr.)                                             Matt Wincek,
                                                                                                                                Anthony Davis
RG 79 Josh Redding (6-4, 306, r-Sr.)*           OLB 14 Nick Sorensen (6-3, 207, r-Sr.)*           Daniel Nihipali         OG    JOSH REDDING,
   74 Luke Owens (6-3, 295, r-So.)                  30 Tee Butler (6-0, 201, r-Sr.)                                             MATT LEHR,
                                                                                                  Jim Satterwhite               #Luke Owens
RT 76 Dave Kadela (6-6, 290, Sr.)*              ILB   41 Jake Houseright (6-3, 235, Jr.)          KEITH SHORT,             C    Steve DeMasi*
   58 Matt Wincek (6-5, 286, Jr.)                     34 Brian Welch (6-0, 244, r-Jr.)            Tim Schnecker
                                                                                                  Greg Shockley            QB   MICHAEL VICK,
TE 93 Browning Wynn (6-3, 228, r-Jr.)           ILB   40 Ben Taylor (6-2, 225, Jr.)*                                            *Dave Meyer,
or 87 Bob Slowikowski (6-5, 252, r-Jr.)               45 Benny Wolfe (5-10, 202, Sr.)                                      FB   JARRETT FERGUSON,
                                                                                                                                Cullen Hawkins,
QB    7 Michael Vick (6-1, 214, r-So.)*         FC     2 Ronyell Whitaker (5-9, 193, r-So.)                                     #Wayne Ward+
     13 Dave Meyer (6-3, 211, r-Sr.)                  17 Garnell Wilds (6-0, 194, r-Fr.)          SHYRONE STITH            TB   André Kendrick,
     11 Grant Noel (6-1, 222, r-So.)                                                                                            Lee Suggs
                                                                                                                           FL   ANDRÉ DAVIS,
FB 27 Jarrett Ferguson (5-9, 210, r-Jr.)*       FS    35 Willie Pile (6-3, 200, r-So.)                                          Terrell Parham,
or 42 Cullen Hawkins (6-0, 219, r-Sr.)                25 Billy Hardee (5-11, 192, r-So.)                                        Shawn Witten
TB 22 Lee Suggs (6-0, 201, r-So.)               ROV 16 Cory Bird (5-10, 218, r-Sr.)*
or 32 Wayne Ward (5-11, 209, r-Jr.)                  8 Phillip Summers (6-0, 201, r-Sr.)
FL   88 André Davis (6-1, 196, r-Jr.)*          BC    24 Larry Austin (5-9, 180, r-Jr.)           Lost (11)                     Returning (14)
     19 Ernest Wilford (6-4, 205, r-Fr.)              44 Philip Hicks (6-0, 180, Jr.)             COREY MOORE,        E         Derrius Monroe
     26 Shawn Witten (6-0, 187, So.)                                                              JOHN ENGELBERGER,
                                                                                                  Chris Cyrus
PK    5 Carter Warley (5-11, 187, r-Fr.)        P     91 Robert Peaslee (6-0, 192, r-Fr.)         NATHANIEL WILLIAMS, T         Chad Beasley*,
     49 Jon Mollerup (5-11, 198, r-So.)                                                           CARL BRADLEY,                 David Pugh
*Returning starter                                                                                 #Derek Piniella
Ben Taylor started at outside linebacker in 1999; Nick Sorensen started at free safety in 1999.   JAMEL SMITH,        LB      Jake Houseright,
Tailback André Kendrick, tight end Derek Carter* and defensive end Derrius Monroe                 MICHAEL HAWKES              Benny Wolfe
did not participate in spring practice and are not listed on the depth chart.                                        OLB      BEN TAYLOR+,
                                                                                                                              Tee Butler
                                                                                                  ANTHONY MIDGET,          CB Larry Austin,
                                                                                                  IKE CHARLTON                Ronyell Whitaker
                                                                                                                              #Philip Hicks
                                                                                                                          ROV CORY BIRD,
                                                                                                                              Phillip Summers,
                                                                                                                              #Chris Krebs
                                                                                                  Steven Hunt              S  NICK SORENSEN+

                                                                                                  Lost(5)                       Returning (0)
                                                                                                  SHAYNE GRAHAM            PK
                                                                                                  JIMMY KIBBLE              P
                                                                                                  CALEB HURD               H
                                                                                                  CLIFF ANDERS,            DS
                                                                                                  SHANE BEAMER

                                                                                                  *Also saw starting time in 1999
                                                                                                  #Lettered mainly for play on special teams
Senior tailback André Kendrick is expected to rejoin the team after                               +Has moved to another position for the 2000 season
sitting out the spring semester.

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Hokie Preseason Rosters
No.   Name               vl    Pos     B’date     Ht.      Wt.   Cl.     Hometown                High School           H.S. Coach
 83   Nathaniel Adibi    -     DE       1/25/81   6-3      242   r-Fr.   Hampton, Va.            Phoebus               Bill Dee
 38   Ryan Angelo        -     FB      10/23/80   6-1      239   r-Fr.   Spring Hill, Fla.       Springstead           Pat McCoy
 24   Larry Austin       2     CB      5/17/79    5-9      180   r-Jr.   Norfolk, Va.            Norview               David Heath
 94   Chad Beasley       2     DT      11/13/78   6-5      285   r-Jr.   Gate City, Va.          Gate City             Nick Colobro
 16   Cory Bird          3     ROV     8/10/78    5-10     218   r-Sr.   Mays Landing, N.J.      Oakcrest              Jeff Spector
 47   Wayne Briggs$      -     FB      1/24/78    5-10     231   r-Jr.   Windsor, Va.            Windsor               Joe Jones
 46   Chris Buie         -     LB      11/16/79   6-0      220   r-Fr.   Tampa, Fla.             Armwood               Sean Callahan
 20   Keith Burnell      -     TB      1/8/79     6-0      204   r-So.   Chesapeake, Va.         Western Branch        Lew Johnston
 30   Tee Butler         1     LB      2/7/77     6-0      201   r-Sr.   Plainsboro, N.J.        Woodberry Forest      Bill Davis
 85   Derek Carter@      3     TE      12/29/77   6-2      261   Sr.     Smithfield, Va.         Smithfield            Miles Blount
 28   Lamar Cobb         -     DE      1/11/80    6-2      226   r-So.   Hurt, Va.               Gretna                Robert Pruntey
 99   Cols Colas         -     DE      5/16/80    6-0      232   r-Fr.   Plantation, Fla.        South Plantation      Dan Margurit
 51   Ron Cook           -     DE      6/24/79    6-2      234   r-Jr.   Montclair, N.J.         Montclair             Edward Lebida
 92   Mark Costen        -     DT      3/13/81    6-3      252   r-Fr.   Virginia Beach, Va.     Kempsville            John Bowles
 21   Michael Crawford   -     ROV     2/20/81    6-0      200   r-Fr.   Baltimore, Md.          Patterson             Roger Wrenn
 88   André Davis        2     FL      6/12/79    6-1      196   r-Jr.   Niskayuna, N.Y.         Niskayuna             John Furey
 57   Anthony Davis$     1     OT      3/27/80    6-4      318   So.     Victoria, Va.           Central-Lunenburg     Chippie Chappell
 15   Jason Davis        -     QB      2/4/82     6-2      185   Fr.     Sevierville, Tenn.      Seymour               Gary Householder
 61   Steve DeMasi       1     C       11/24/79   6-3      276   r-Jr.   Virginia Beach, Va.     Cox                   Reggie Garrett
 48   Mike Donahue       1     FL      1/27/79    6-0      189   r-Jr.   Barrington, R.I.        Barrington            Bill MacCagney
 43   Doug Easlick       -     TB      12/4/80    6-0      214   r-Fr.   Marlton, N.J.           Cherokee              John Scott
 29   Sam Fatherly       -     CB      6/13/81    6-0      185   Fr.     Williamsport, Pa.       Williamsport          Tim Montgomery
 27   Jarrett Ferguson   2     FB      1/23/79    5-9      210   r-Jr.   Goodview, Va.           Staunton River        Bob Gray
      Matt Findley       -     OG      11/11/80   6-1      269   r-Fr.   Woodbridge, Va.         C.D. Hylton           Bill Brown
90    Thenus Franklin    -     DT      2/2/79     6-3      281   r-So.   Clewiston, Fla.         Clewiston             Al Morrell
60    Jacob Gibson       -     OG      1/29/81    6-3      280   r-Fr.   Rocky Mount, Va.        Franklin County       Jerry Little
64    Jake Grove         -     C       1/22/80    6-3      277   r-Fr.   Forest, Va.             Jefferson Forest      Ed Landis
25    Billy Hardee†      -     FS      6/30/80    5-11     192   r-So.   Winter Haven, Fla.      Winter Haven          Maxie Hunter
 1    Andraé Harrison    -     SE      5/5/80     6-3      209   r-Fr.   Newport News, Va.       Warwick               Tommy Reamon
66    Jeff Hartzog       -     OT      5/22/79    6-3      262   Sr.     Forest, Va.             Jefferson Forest      Bob Christmas
72    Charles Hattan     -     OG      10/31/80   6-1      290   Fr.     Burke, Va.              Robinson              Mark Bendorf
42    Cullen Hawkins     3     FB      3/9/77     6-0      219   r-Sr.   Pittsburgh, Pa.         Upper St. Clair       Jim Render
44    Philip Hicks       1     CB      3/17/80    6-0      180   Jr.     Radford, Va.            Radford               Norm Lineburg
41    Jake Houseright    2     LB      1/4/79     6-3      235   Jr.     Gate City, Va.          Gate City             Nick Colobro
52    Ricky Hudson††     -     C       4/24/80    6-3      272   r-So.   Dumfries, Va.           C.D. Hylton           Bill Brown
23    T.J. Jackson       -     LB      10/10/79   6-1      209   r-So.   Delray Beach, Fla.      Olympic Heights       Willie Dadaro
18    Emmett Johnson     2     SE      3/17/80    6-3      207   Jr.     Chesapeake, Va.         Western Branch        Lew Johnston
76    Dave Kadela@       2     OT      5/6/78     6-6      290   Sr.     Dublin, Ohio            Coffman               Eric Tudor
55    Ken Keister        -     DE/DS   8/13/80    6-1      228   r-So.   Radford, Va.            Radford               Norm Lineburg
 4    André Kendrick     3     TB      9/27/77    5-7      180   r-Sr.   Lynchburg, Va.          E.C. Glass            Bo Henson
37    Chris Krebs        2     ROV     1/5/79     6-1      196   r-Jr.   Burke, Va.              Robinson              Nick Hilgert
59    Anthony Lambo      3     OT      1/4/78     6-3      291   r-Sr.   Bloomfield, N.J.        Bloomfield            Michael Carter
69    Matt Lehr          2     OG      4/25/79    6-2      285   Sr.     Woodbridge, Va.         Woodbridge            Ron Davis

                    Virginia Tech’s 2000 Football Recruiting Class
  Name                        Pos.        Ht.        Wt.           Hometown                    High School/Prep School
  Mikal Baaqee                LB/DB       5-11       205           Columbia, Md.               DeMatha
  Vinnie Burns                P           6-0        175           New Orleans, La.            St. Augustine
  Travis Conway               OL/LS       6-5        235           Richmond, Va.               J.R. Tucker
  Chad Cooper                 LB/S        6-3        210           Herndon, Va.                Oakton
  Mike Daniels                DB          6-1        180           Fairfax, Va.                Fairfax
  Jim Davis                   DL          6-5        245           Highland Springs, Va.       Highland Springs/Fork Union
  Jon Dunn                    OL          6-6        300           Virginia Beach, Va.         Tallwood
  Vincent Fuller              DB          6-2        170           Baltimore, Md.              Woodlawn
  Eric Green                  WR/DB       6-0        178           Clewiston, Fla.             Clewiston
  Mike Jackson                TE          6-3        230           Mason, Ohio                 Archbishop Moeller
  Richard Johnson             WR/DB       6-0        170           Baltimore, Md.              Milford Mill Academy
  Jason Lallis                DE/TE       6-2        235           Mitchellville, Md.          DeMatha
  Kevin McCadam               S           6-1        208           Lakeside, Calif.            El Capitan/Grossmont [Calif.] CC
  Jared Mazzetta              TE          6-5        240           Flemington, N.J.            Hunterdon Central
  James Miller                DL          6-5        255           Pompano Beach, Fla.         Fort Lauderdale
  Robert Ramsey               OL          6-3        290           Coraopolis, Pa.             Montour
  Channing Reed               DL          6-3        285           Trenton, N.J.               Trenton Central/Montgomery [Md.] College
  Josh Spence                 LB/TB       6-1        210           Riner, Va.                  Floyd County

34    2000 Virginia Tech Football
                                                           2000 Numerical Roster
   1   Andraé Harrison ......... SE             23    T.J. Jackson ............... LB              45   Benny Wolfe ............... LB      69   Matt Lehr ................... OG
   2   Ronyell Whitaker ........ CB             24    Larry Austin ................ CB             46   Chris Buie .................. LB    70   Kevin Lewis ................ DT
   3   Deon Provitt ............... LB          25    Billy Hardee ................ FS             47   Wayne Briggs ............. FB       71   David Pugh ................ DT
   4   André Kendrick .......... TB             26    Shawn Witten ............. FL                48   Mike Donahue ............ FL        72   Charles Hattan .......... OG
   5   Carter Warley ............. PK           27    Jarrett Ferguson ......... FB                49   Jon Mollerup .............. PK      74   Luke Owens .............. OG
   6   Vegas Robinson ......... LB              28    Lamar Cobb ............... DE                51   Ron Cook ................... DE     76   Dave Kadela .............. OT
   7   Michael Vick .............. QB           30    Tee Butler ................... LB            52   Ricky Hudson ............... C      79   Josh Redding ............ OG
   8   Phillip Summers ...... ROV               31    Anthony Thibodeau .... SE                    54   Dan Wilkinson ............ DT       82   Ronald Moody ............ SE
   9   Terrell Parham ............ SE           32    Wayne Ward .............. TB                 55   Ken Keister .......... DE/DS        83   Nathaniel Adibi ........... DE
                                                                                                                                            85   Derek Carter .............. TE
  12   Joe Wilson ................. FB          34    Brian Welch ................ LB              57   Anthony Davis ............ OT
                                                                                                                                            86   Keith Willis ................. TE
  13   Dave Meyer ............... QB            35    Willie Pile ................... FS           58   Matt Wincek ............... OT
                                                                                                                                            87   Bob Slowikowski ........ TE
  14   Nick Sorensen ............ LB            36    Marvin Urquhart ......... FB                 59   Anthony Lambo .......... OT         88   André Davis ............... FL
  15   Jason Davis .............. QB            37    Chris Krebs ............. ROV                60   Jacob Gibson ............ OG        90   Thenus Franklin ......... DT
  16   Cory Bird ................. ROV          38    Ryan Angelo ............... FB               61   Steve DeMasi ............... C      91   Robert Peaslee ............ P
  17   Garnell Wilds .............. CB          39    Alex Markogiannakis .. LB                    63   Joe Marchant ............ OG        92   Mark Costen ............... DT
  18   Emmett Johnson ........ SE               40    Ben Taylor .................. LB             64   Jake Grove ................... C    93   Browning Wynn .......... TE
  19   Ernest Wilford ............ FL           41    Jake Houseright ......... LB                 65   Tim Selmon ................ OT      94   Chad Beasley ............. DT
  20   Keith Burnell ............... TB         42    Cullen Hawkins .......... FB                 66   Jeff Hartzog ................ OT    96   Joe Simington ............ DE
  21   Michael Crawford .... ROV                43    Doug Easlick .............. TB               67   Anthony Nelson ......... OG         98   Derrius Monroe .......... DE
  22   Lee Suggs .................. TB          44    Philip Hicks ................ CB             11   Grant Noel ................. QB     99   Cols Colas .................. DE

No.    Name                        vl     Pos        B’date         Ht.       Wt.          Cl.      Hometown                      High School              H.S. Coach
 70    Kevin Lewis                 -      DT         4/26/80        6-1       267          Fr.      Richmond, Va.                 Varina                   Ed Bulheller
 63    Joe Marchant+               1      OG         10/11/75       6-3       295          r-Sr.    Centerville, Utah             Viewmont                 Ross Harris
 39    Alex Markogiannakis         -      LB         1/22/80        5-9       206          r-So.    Chantilly, Va.                Robinson                 Mark Bendorf
 13    Dave Meyer                  2      QB         11/14/77       6-3       211          r-Sr.    Ramsey, N.J.                  Ramsey                   Steve Hyman
 49    Jon Mollerup                -      PK         11/15/79       5-11      198          r-So.    Lyndhurst, Va.                Stuarts Draft            Tom Goforth
 98    Derrius Monroe              2      DE         7/21/78        6-4       260          Sr.      Tallahassee, Fla.             Godby                    Mark Feely
 82    Ronald Moody                -      SE         10/26/81       6-0       196          r-Fr.    Chesapeake, Va.               Great Bridge             Noble Palmer
 67    Anthony Nelson$             -      OG         2/18/79        6-3       320          r-Fr.    Kingsport, Tenn.              Sullivan South           Lonnie Messick
 11    Grant Noel                  -      QB         6/11/80        6-1       222          r-So.    Ridgeley, W.Va.               Frankfort                Greg Phillips
       Seth Noonkester             -      TE         9/8/80         6-5       255          r-Fr.    Salem, Va.                    Glenvar                  Brian Hooker
 74    Luke Owens                  1      OG         5/12/79        6-3       295          r-So.    Grundy, Va.                   Grundy                   Greg Rowe
  9    Terrell Parham              1      SE         10/1/79        6-0       189          r-So.    Bartow, Fla.                  Bartow                   Kenny Wells
 91    Robert Peaslee              -      P          6/28/81        6-0       192          r-Fr.    Pulaski, Va.                  Pulaski County           Joel Hicks
 35    Willie Pile                 -      FS         5/25/80        6-3       200          r-So.    Alexandria, Va.               West Potomac             Dale Eaton
  3    Deon Provitt                -      LB         10/22/80       6-1       201          r-Fr.    Warren, Ohio                  John F. Kennedy          Tony Napolet
 71    David Pugh                  2      DT         7/24/79        6-3       271          r-Jr.    Madison Heights, Va.          Amherst County           Mickey Crouch
 79    Josh Redding                3      OG         12/25/77       6-4       306          r-Sr.    Hanover, Pa.                  Southwestern             Don Seidenstricker
  6    Vegas Robinson              -      LB         5/19/81        6-0       226          r-Fr.    Chesapeake, Va.               Deep Creek               David Cox
 65    Tim Selmon++                -      OT         8/7/78         6-5       274          r-So.    Trenton, N.J.                 Hamilton West            Keith Hartbauer
 96    Joe Simington               -      DE         7/14/81        6-4       218          Fr.      Martinsville, Va.             Martinsville             Taylor Edwards
 87    Bob Slowikowski             2      TE         10/30/79       6-5       252          r-Jr.    Pittsburgh, Pa.               Central Catholic         John Fiscetti
 14    Nick Sorensen               3      LB         7/31/78        6-3       207          r-Sr.    Vienna, Va.                   George Marshall          Pete Salvano
 22    Lee Suggs                   1      TB         8/11/80        6-0       201          r-So.    Roanoke, Va.                  William Fleming          George Miller
  8    Phillip Summers             3      ROV        2/9/77         6-0       201          r-Sr.    Clewiston, Fla.               Clewiston                Al Morrell
 40    Ben Taylor                  2      LB         8/31/78        6-2       225          Jr.      Bellaire, Ohio                Bellaire                 John Magistro
       Dirk Taylor                 -      LB         12/25/79       6-0       196          So.      Penn Laird, Va.               Spotswood                Eric Baylor
       Josh Tessar                 -      FL         12/21/80       6-3       184          So.      Blacksburg, Va.               Paw Paw (Mich.)          Dave Warmack
 31    Anthony Thibodeau           -      SE         5/23/78        6-0       182          Jr.      Springfield, Va.              Hayfield                 Dudley Johnson
       Jeff Thompson               -      DE         5/26/80        6-4       236          r-Fr.    Midlothian, Va.               Clover Hill              Ted Salmon
 36    Marvin Urquhart             -      FB         8/16/80        5-11      266          r-Fr.    Chesapeake, Va.               Western Branch           Lew Johnston
  7    Michael Vick                1      QB         6/26/80        6-1       214          r-So.    Newport News, Va.             Warwick                  Tommy Reamon
 32    Wayne Ward                  2      TB         5/29/79        5-11      209          r-Jr.    Plant City, Fla.              Plant City               Todd Long
  5    Carter Warley               -      PK         2/14/80        5-11      187          r-Fr.    Richmond, Va.                 Fork Union               Mickey Sullivan
 34    Brian Welch                 1      LB         7/17/78        6-0       244          r-Jr.    Fairfax, Va.                  Oakton                   Pete Bendorf
  2    Ronyell Whitaker            1      CB         3/19/79        5-9       193          r-So.    Norfolk, Va.                  Lake Taylor              Dan Newell
 17    Garnell Wilds               -      CB         6/8/81         6-0       194          r-Fr.    Tampa, Fla.                   Hillsborough             Earl Garcia, Jr.
 19    Ernest Wilford@             -      FL         1/14/79        6-4       205          r-Fr.    Richmond, Va.                 Armstrong/Franklin       Otis Brayboy
 54    Dan Wilkinson               -      DT         11/14/78       6-1       258          r-Jr.    W. Palm Beach, Fla.           Palm Beach Lakes         Bill Bolinder
 86    Keith Willis                -      TE         12/14/80       6-5       234          r-Fr.    Norfolk, Va.                  Norview                  Carleton Thomas
 12    Joe Wilson                  -      FB         7/22/81        6-1       242          r-Fr.    Newport News, Va.             Warwick                  Tommy Reamon
 58    Matt Wincek                 2      OT         9/12/79        6-5       286          Jr.      Wilkes-Barre, Pa.             Coughlin                 John Joseph
 26    Shawn Witten                1      FL         5/18/80        6-0       187          So.      Elizabethton, Tenn.           Elizabethton             Dave Rider
 45    Benny Wolfe                 2      LB         7/11/79        5-10      202          Sr.      Gate City, Va.                Gate City                Nick Colobro
 93    Browning Wynn               2      TE         12/3/78        6-3       228          r-Jr.    Jonesville, Va.               Lee                      Allen Kinser

$ also attended Hargrave Military Academy (Va.); @ also attended Fork Union Military Academy (Va.); † also attended Florida Southern College;
†† also attended UConn; + also attended Dixie College (Utah); ++ also attended Peddie School (N.J)

                                                                                                                         2000 Virginia Tech Football                            35
       The Hokies by States
 Kevin McCadam

  Terrell Parham
  Thenus Franklin
  Eric Green
  Phillip Summers
Delray Beach
  T.J. Jackson
  Cols Colas
Plant City
  Wayne Ward
Pompano Beach
  James Miller
Spring Hill
  Ryan Angelo
  Derrius Monroe
  Chris Buie
  Garnell Wilds
West Palm Beach
  Dan Wilkinson
Winter Haven
  Billy Hardee          Flemington
                          Jared Mazzetta
Louisiana               Marlton
New Orleans               Doug Easlick
 Vinnie Burns           Mays Landing               Ohio                     Pittsburgh
                          Cory Bird                Bellaire                   Cullen Hawkins           Kingsport
Maryland                Montclair                   Ben Taylor                Bob Slowikowski           Anthony Nelson
Baltimore                 Ron Cook                 Dublin                   Wilkes-Barre               Sevierville
 Michael Crawford       Plainsboro                  Dave Kadela               Matt WIncek               Jason Davis
 Vincent Fuller           Tee Butler               Mason                    Williamsport
 Richard Johnson        Ramsey                      Mike Jackson              Sam Fatherly             Utah
Columbia                  Dave Meyer               Warren                                              Centerville
 Mikal Baaqee           Trenton                     Deon Provitt            Rhode Island                Joe Marchant
Mitchellville             Tim Selmon                                        Barrington
 Jason Lallis             Channing Reed            Pennsylvania              Mike Donahue              West Virginia
                                                   Coraopolis                                          Ridgeley
New Jersey              New York                    Robert Ramsey           Tennessee                   Grant Noel
Bloomfield              Niskayuna                  Hanover                  Elizabethton
 Anthony Lambo           André Davis                Josh Redding              Shawn Witten

                            Hometowns of Hokies from Virginia
  Alexandria         Dumfries              Hampton             Martinsville         Radford              Smithfield
   Willie Pile        Ricky Hudson          Nathaniel Adibi     Joe Simington        Philip Hicks          Derek Carter
  Blacksburg         Fairfax               Herndon             Midlothian            Ken Keister         Springfield
   Josh Tessar        Mike Daniels          Chad Cooper         Jeff Thompson       Richmond               Anthony Thibodeau
  Burke               Brian Welch          Highland Springs    Newport News          Travis Conway       Victoria
   Charles Hattan    Forest                 Jim Davis           Andraé Harrison      Kevin Lewis           Anthony Davis
   Chris Krebs        Jake Grove           Hurt                 Michael Vick         Carter Warley       Vienna
  Chantilly           Jeff Hartzog          Lamar Cobb          Joe Wilson           Ernest Wilford        Nick Sorensen
   Alex              Gate City             Jonesville          Norfolk              Riner                Virginia Beach
                                                                                     Josh Spence           Mark Costen
   Markogiannakis     Chad Beasley          Browning Wynn       Larry Austin
                                                                                                           Steve DeMasi
  Chesapeake          Jake Houseright      Lynchburg            Ronyell Whitaker    Roanoke
                                                                                                           Jon Dunn
   Keith Burnell      Benny Wolfe           André Kendrick      Keith Willis         Lee Suggs
   Emmett Johnson    Goodview              Lyndhurst           Penn Laird           Rocky Mount            Wayne Briggs
   Ronald Moody       Jarrett Ferguson      Jon Mollerup        Dirk Taylor          Jacob Gibson        Woodbridge
   Vegas Robinson    Grundy                Madison Heights     Pulaski              Salem                  Matt Findley
   Marvin Urquhart    Luke Owens            David Pugh          Robert Peaslee       Seth Noonkester       Matt Lehr

36     2000 Virginia Tech Football

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