Not Quite Wright
Quarterbacks Marcus Vick of Virginia Tech and Kyle Wright of Miami are first-year starters, but Vick has looked far more experienced this season. Wright, the 2002-03 Gatorade national player of the year from Danville, Calif., has thrown 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He had three first-half interceptions and only 111 passing yards in last week's 34-16 victory over North Carolina. Wright threw seven of his touchdowns in games against Duke and Temple, two of the worst teams in the country, and he had six interceptions and three touchdowns in the Hurricanes' other five games. Still, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer is impressed. "He's a good thrower, big guy," Beamer said. "He's a good, consistent quarterback, gets the ball to his wide receivers, gets them in and out of plays. He's just what Miami is looking for."
Looking for Time
Miami's experienced offensive line, which includes four seniors and one junior as starters, hasn't given the team's quarterbacks much protection. The Hurricanes have given up 22 sacks in seven games, third most in the ACC, and nine of them happened in the season opening 10-7 loss at Florida State. Miami gave up five sacks against Clemson, three against South Florida and four against Temple. The Hokies have 25 sacks, second in the ACC to Florida State's 27.
Isn't That Special
Miami has scored 56 touchdowns on returns since 1999, the most in Division I-A. Virginia Tech, long known for its strong special teams play, is second with 51. The Hokies' six touchdowns on returns this season -- four came on interceptions, one on a fumble recovery and another on a blocked field goal attempt -- are tied with Fresno State for the most in the nation.
Must Be the Shoes
Virginia Tech changed its uniforms last week, wearing a somewhat unsightly ensemble of maroon with orange sleeves. Tonight, Vick will change his shoes thanks to his brother, former Tech all-American and currenty Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. Michael Vick sent his younger brother six pairs of the new Nike "Vick III" cleats. The high-tops are black and white, with No. 7 -- Vick's jersey number at Tech and with the Falcons -- on the outside of each shoe.