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   Tech Sports News

A Senior Send-off
by Will Stewart,

The Hokies bid goodbye to 13 seniors in the wake of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning's victory over Air Force in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. Here's a look at the guys that will no longer suit up in the maroon and orange, in numerical order by jersey number, and what they accomplished during their Tech careers:

#2, CB Ronyell Whitaker: Played in 44 games in his Tech career. Finished with 190 career tackles (6 tackles for 9 yards in losses), 7 career interceptions for 132 yards in returns (no TD's). Named 2nd team All-Big East in 2000, 1st team in 2001. 3rd team AP All-American in 2001. Also returned punts for the Hokies on numerous occasions.

#9, WR Terrell Parham: Played in 40 games in Tech career. Finished with 41 catches for 409 yards (10 yards per catch) and 1 TD.

#11, QB Grant Noel: Played in 22 games in his Tech career. Led the Hokies in passing in 2001, and his 16 TD's were a record for a first-year starter at VT. Career passing stats: 158-of-284 (55.6%) for 18 TD's and 11 INT's. Highlight moment: his stone-cold, just-off-the-bench fade route TD to Ernest Wilford in the 2002 Miami game.

#22, RB Lee Suggs: (as briefly as possible) Played in 35 games in his Tech career. Led the Hokies in rushing in 2000 and 2002. Finished with 2,817 yards (4th all time at VT) on 535 carries (5.26 ypc). Was a touchdown machine, scoring 53 rushing TD's and 3 rushing TD's, for a total of 56 TD's. Second all-time in VT and Big East career scoring, with 336 points, behind only former Hokie kicker Shayne Graham (371 points). Holds numerous Hokie and Big East records.

#25, ROV Billy Hardee: Former walk-on who earned a scholarship. Played in 28 games in his Tech career, recording 102 tackles, 1 interception, and 2 fumble recoveries.

#26, WR Shawn Witten: Played in 44 career games, catching 56 passes for 610 yards (10.9 ypc) and 2 TD's. Third on the team in catches in 2001, second in 2002.

#28, DE Lamar Cobb: Played in 40 career games, accumulating 134 tackles, 11 tackles for loss (46 yards), and 4 sacks for 30 yards.

#35, FS Willie Pile: Played in 39 career games, piling up 267 tackles, 1 sack, and 14 interceptions (3rd all-time at VT) for 270 yards and 2 TD's.

#39, LB Alex Markogiannakis: Walk-on who played in 21 games at Tech, accumulating 26 tackles. Highlight moment: Returned a fumble for a TD against Western Michigan in 2002.

#55, LS Ken Keister: Former walk-on who earned a scholarship. Played in 38 games in his VT career. Was the starting long-snapper in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Almost never, ever, ever made a bad snap.

#57, OT Anthony Davis: Outstanding offensive tackle who played in 48 games in his Tech career, starting as a junior and senior. Nicknamed "Big Nasty." Great athlete for an OL.

#74, OG Luke Owens: Played in 42 career games. Stepped into the starting lineup during the WVU game in 2001 and started 22 straight games from that point on.

#97, Jon Mollerup: Walk-on. Played in 25 games in his Tech career, handling the kickoff duties for Tech in 2001 and 2002. Went 1-2 on field goals as a senior, with a 37-yarder.

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TechSideline Pass is Off and Running

We wanted to give a quick thank you to everyone who has signed up for our new TechSideline Pass subscription service. TSL Pass includes premium articles, premium recruiting content, and subscriber-only message boards (including a much-requested recruiting board for subscribers only).

We are, for the time being, victims of our own success. The influx of new subscribers has created a crush of customer support emails, so please bear with us while we bring everyone up to speed on the new stuff. We will start cranking out new subscriber articles and new recruiting content very soon.

Coming up in the next few days, look for Chris Horne's recruiting updates and weekly summaries, as well as our Diamond Walnut Bowl analysis and an analysis of where the VT football program is right now, what's in great shape, and what (we think) needs fixing for the Hokies to continue as winners.

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-- Will Stewart Updates From the Past Week

Hokies Hit Ten Wins With 20-13 Victory Over Air Force
by Will Stewart,, 1/1/03, 2:55 am
San Francisco, CA - The Hokies spotted Air Force a 10-point lead, scored the next 17 points, and turned the Falcons away inside the Hokie ten-yard line as time expired to win 20-13 in the inaugural Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl.
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TSL Announces Changes, Expansion to Subscription Material
Recruiting Database Version 2.0 launched
by Will Stewart,, 12/31/02
After months of planning, is pleased to announce major changes to the subscription portion of our web site. Say goodbye to the TSL Extra, and hello to TSL's new TechSideline Pass subscription.
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Three New TechSideline Pass articles
To kick off our launch of the new TechSideline Pass format, we bring you three subscriber articles. Enjoy!
Finding the Joy, by Will Stewart
A Season of Smack, by Bill Glose
Rating the 1993 Recruiting Class, by Will Stewart

Wide Right: Bowling
by Jeff Cockey, 12/30/02, 9:15 am
Ah, Pacific Bell Park: the house that Barry built. I used to live just outside of San Francisco, and I have many fond memories of the city by the bay. The many Alcatraz audio tours, listening to Whitey talk about how he knifed the barber shop guard because his side burns were cut too short.
in Voice of the Fan

Diamond Walnut Bowl Preview
by Jeff Ouellet, 12/27/02, 4:10 pm
Perception, at least among the college football cognoscente, is reality. That is why bowl games often played a month after the regular season is completed have such a disproportionate influence when revisiting the completed regular season and forecasting for the next season.
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