No. 7 Virginia Tech at Duke
No Clown: Junior David Clowney, from Delray Beach, Fla., has moved ahead of sophomore Josh Hyman at split end. Clowney, 6 feet 1 and 179 pounds, caught three passes for 30 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Vick in the fourth quarter, during last Sunday's 20-16 victory at North Carolina State. Clowney is one of Tech's fastest players and spent the winter working on his speed with the school's track team. "Speed has always been my best attribute," Clowney said. Also, senior Reggie Butler will start at left guard, ahead of junior Brandon Gore, who started against the Wolfpack. Defensive end Noland Burchette will start at defensive end, and senior Tim Sandidge will start at defensive tackle after sophomore Carlton Powell sprained his ankle against State.
Morgan ailing: Sophomore Josh Morgan (H.D. Woodson) is questionable for today's game after straining a muscle in his lower right leg during Tuesday's practice. Tech trainers initially said Morgan wouldn't play against the Blue Devils, but upgraded his status to questionable after he ran pass routes Thursday. Morgan had one catch for 27 yards against the Wolfpack. Defensive end Darryl Tapp, who strained his groin on the first play against N.C. State, also is questionable today, along with Powell.
High ratings: The Virginia Tech-N.C. State game was the most-watched college football game ever televised on ESPN2. According to the network, the game had a 2.47 household rating and had 2,197,808 household impressions.
-- Mark Schlabach