Virginia's Marques Hagans and Virginia Tech's Marcus Vick are mobile quarterbacks. But while Hagans is coming off one of his better games of the season, completing 21 of 29 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown in a 27-17 victory over Georgia Tech last week, Vick is coming off the most forgettable game of his career. In the No. 7 Hokies' 27-7 loss to Miami in Blacksburg on Nov. 5, he lost four fumbles and threw two interceptions. "They're certainly more similar than they are different," Cavaliers Coach Al Groh said. "They're multiple threats -- run, pass, scramble out of trouble, on the edge on bootlegs, strong arms. And, they're from the same school district."
Virginia Tech tailback Mike Imoh, a senior from Robinson High, is expected to miss his second game of the season because of a badly sprained left ankle. The team's leading rusher with 415 yards and four touchdown runs, Imoh didn't play in the Hokies' 41-14 win over Marshall on Oct. 8 because of a sprained right ankle. Senior Cedric Humes, who is still playing with a protective cast on his broken right forearm, will start against the Cavaliers, and redshirt freshman Branden Ore will be his backup. Sophomore flanker Eddie Royal (Westfield), the team's third-leading receiver with 18 catches for 224 yards and one touchdown, is questionable to play because of a strained hamstring.
Looking to Run
Groh was asked earlier this week whether he felt Vick was trying to stay in the pocket more, rather than running like his older brother, former Tech all-American and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, did in college and still does in the NFL. "He's got 450 yards rushing, which, other than [Texas quarterback] Vince Young, is probably right up there among the top quarterbacks this year," Groh said. "So I'd question how reluctant he has been to run. They certainly do take advantage of his running skills in the red area, and certainly not out of frustration, a lot of them are first down plays."
Virginia Tech cornerback Jimmy Williams, left, this week was named one of five finalists for the Nagurski Award, which goes to the best defensive player in college football. The other finalists are Penn State defensive end Tamba Hali, Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil, Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Each of the finalists will be honored during a reception in Charlotte on Dec. 5. Williams, a senior from Hampton, Va., also is a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the country's top defensive back. He is fifth on the team with 33 tackles (two for loss and a sack) and has four pass breakups and one interception.
-- Mark Schlabach