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Hokies Name Vick as Starting Quarterback

Tuesday, April 19, 2005; Page D02

It didn't take Marcus Vick long to become Virginia Tech's starting quarterback again. Hokies Coach Frank Beamer announced yesterday that Vick, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, will start under center for the defending ACC champions in their Sept. 4 opener at North Carolina State.

Vick, a former prep all-American from Newport News, Va., missed all of last season while serving a university-imposed suspension during fall semester. Vick was suspended from the team after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for giving alcohol to two underage females. Last July, Vick was arrested for speeding, and police found marijuana in his car. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and no contest to possession of marijuana.

Marcus Vick, who split time as a sophomore in 2003, sat out last season in a school-imposed suspension after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges. (John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post)

Vick, 21, enrolled at Virginia Tech in January and outplayed sophomore Sean Glennon during spring practice. In Saturday's spring game in Blacksburg, Va., Vick completed 9 of 17 passes for 107 yards. Glennon, who was Bryan Randall's backup last season, was 7 for 18 for 38 yards, threw three interceptions and was sacked four times.

"After evaluating the spring game, as well as our whole spring practice, we feel that it is appropriate to name Marcus the starter for our football team," Beamer said in a statement released by the school. "I think Marcus had an excellent spring. He has the ability to make some big plays and has done so throughout the spring."

As a sophomore in 2003, Vick shared snaps with Randall, completing 30 of 57 passes for 475 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran 37 times for 102 yards and caught four passes for 82 yards and one touchdown.

-- Mark Schlabach

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