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New Entries in the VT Football Record Book
by Chris Coleman,

The 2004 Virginia Tech Hokies were not a record-setting team. They had some very good players, but this was mostly a blue collar team that got things done by committee rather than having one star make all the plays. That being said, you can spot a few familiar names from the 2004 team in the VT record book. Most notably of course, Bryan Randall.

In 2004, Randall broke Don Strock’s record for most passing yards in a career. In fact, a lot of Strock’s records were bumped down one spot in the media guide thanks to Randall. Strock passed for 6,009 yards during his career in the early 1970s, but Randall topped that with 6,508 yards during his four years in Blacksburg. Randall attempted four more passes in his career than Strock, but he made up for this by completing fifty more passes


Comp-Att Yards

Bryan Randall (2001-04)

490-833 (58.8%) 6,508

Don Strock (1970-72)

440-829 (53.1%) 6,009

Randall’s most famous record is Virginia Tech’s all-time total yardage record, and this one isn’t even close. Randall finished his Tech career with 8,034 total yards, while Maurice DeShazo is a distant second with 6,105 yards from scrimmage. Don Strock comes in third with 5,871. Like Randall, DeShazo was also a three-year starter, which makes Randall’s feat seem even more impressive.

Randall also broke Maurice DeShazo’s record of passing touchdowns in a career. DeShazo threw 47, and Randall edged him out with 48. In DeShazo’s defense however, bowl game statistics did not count in the early 1990s as they do today. Randall threw six touchdowns in bowl games.

Other Virginia Tech records held by Randall include most career plays (1,242) and highest career completion percentage (.588). A note of interest: Randall is listed in the 2005 VT media guide as the record holder for highest career yards per passing attempt (7.8), but Michael Vick averaged 9.8 yards per attempt in two seasons. Vick had 3,074 yards in 313 passing attempts, which qualifies him for the record (200 career passing attempts minimum).

As a testament to his running ability, Randall is also 20th all-time at Virginia Tech in rushing yards.

The only current Hokie whose name you can find in the media guide record book is tailback Mike Imoh. Imoh holds the Virginia Tech record for most rushing yards in a game, running through the UNC defense for 243 yards last season. Imoh has also been a very good kick returner throughout his career, standing 7th all-time in kick return yardage at VT. Imoh has averaged 26.8 yards per return during his career, with one kick returned for a touchdown.

You’ll also find Vinnie Burns in the media guide quite a bit for a highly successful punting career in Blacksburg. Burns holds the Tech record for most career punts (237) and most career punting yards (9,387). Burns is also fifth all-time in Tech history in career punting average at 39.6.

Need more proof that the Hokies got it done as a unit instead of with a bunch of individual superstars? Virginia Tech’s leading tackler in 2004 was senior linebacker Mikal Baaqee, who finished the season with 71 stops. Before Baaqee, the last time Virginia Tech’s leading tackler had fewer than 100 tackles was in 1999, when Jamel Smith had 89. The last time the leading tackler for the Hokies had fewer tackle’s than Baaqee’s 71 was in 1991, when Wooster Pack led VT with 70 stops.

Speaking of tackles, I think it’s interesting to compare the 1998, 1999 and 2004 defenses just based on their leading tacklers. Jamel Smith led VT in 1998 and 1999. His best year was 1998 when he had 99 tackles. Three of the greatest defenses in VT history, and no one makes over 100 tackles on any of them? That’s because there are a lot of talented players who are flying to the football. The reason why Jamel Smith could never get 100 tackles in a season was because Corey Moore and John Engelberger were busy making tackles in the backfield. VT seriously had an embarrassment of riches on those three defenses.

There are some other interesting and flat-out crazy things that can be found simply by flipping through the media guide. For example, Don Strock, as everyone knows, is considered one of VT’s great all-time quarterbacks. He went on to the NFL where he played with the Miami Dolphins. So what kind of numbers did Strock put up at Tech? Well, let’s just say there were mixed results.

As mentioned above, Strock put up some of the best numbers in school history during his years as Tech’s quarterback. But at the same time, he put up some of the worst. Strock holds the Virginia Tech record for most passing yards in a game, throwing for 527 against Houston in 1972. He also holds three records in the interception category. He is tied for the school record for most interceptions throw in a game with 5 against Kentucky in 1971, most interceptions in a season with 27 in 1972, as well as most interceptions in a career with 47.

Wow. A career 29 touchdown passes with 47 interceptions. The words “NFL quarterback” don’t exactly come to mind when seeing those stats, yet Strock played in the NFL for an amazing 17 seasons. He retired after the 1989 season, and was a part time starter for the Browns as late as 1988.

You might remember that 1982 playoff game between the Chargers and Dolphins, when Strock came off the bench with San Diego up 24-0. Strock rallied the Dolphins before falling late by the score of 41-38. Dan Fouts and Strock both passed for over 400 yards that game. To this day, it is still the only game in NFL history where two quarterbacks have passed for over 400 yards.

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Practice Report: Humming Right Along
by, 8/11/05, 11:55 pm
Today's practice report is provided by two of our insiders. The Hokies had (stop me if you've heard this one) another good practice, and we've got some observations on the quarterbacks, thoughts on Cary Wade at rover, and info on Jonathan Lewis and Sergio Render.
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Virginia Tech Launches "Legends of Lane" Apparel Line
by Will Stewart,, 8/11/05, 4:20 pm
Today Virginia Tech introduced a new line of "Legends of Lane" apparel, featuring the images, numbers and names of Frank Beamer, Don Strock, Michael Vick, and Bruce Smith. The Virginia Tech Licensing Department also announced a new licensing royalty revenue record of $1.1 million, coming in the same year that the Hokie Club hit a new donation record, blowing away previous records with $24 million in donations.
Also: Licensing Department Hits Record Royalty Revenues, Hokie Club Donations Hit $24 Million Mark, Hokies Have One Payment Left to the ACC, The ACC Ponies Up Revenue Sharing of $6.5 Million to VT
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2005 VT Football Preview: The Offensive Line
by Chris Coleman, 8/11/05, 11:10 am
The biggest question mark for the Virginia Tech offense this year is the play of the offensive line. Some would say it’s the only question mark. The Hokies lost Jon Dunn and Jimmy Miller off the 2004 team, and there have been some position switches heading into 2005. The Hokies also have a depth problem that could rear its ugly head if there are injuries among the starters.
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ACC Preview/Prediction: Boston College, Atlantic Division #4
by Jeff Ouellet, 8/10/05, 1:55 pm
Lots of people have BC second in this Division based on their nine win season last year and big win over UNC in the Continental Tire Bowl. They can credibly argue that without an injury to QB Paul Peterson, the Eagles would have won their conference. Both VT and Miami seemed to transition to the ACC seamlessly, so that means the Eagles should be in great shape, right? To that I say “Not so fast my friend!”
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Practice Report: The Hype Continues
by, 8/10/05, 12:35 am
We would like to cut back on the hype, because there's been plenty of it already, but reports out of Virginia Tech's football practices continue to be too positive to dampen your enthusiasm. "Once again, a very good practice today," one of our insiders reports. "I've never seen a VT team put together a string of this many practices to open the season. It appears the team has good leadership and they are staying focused."
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Rogers Tearing It Up on the Recruiting Trail
by Chris Coleman,, 8/9/05, 2:00 pm
VT quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers has brought in some young, promising players in the past few years. But in 2006, he has a chance to pull a recruiting coup of epic proportions. Born in Brooklyn, Rogers called Sparta, NJ home before playing his college ball at William & Mary. After graduating from William & Mary, Rogers had coaching stints at Ohio State, Navy, Syracuse and Notre Dame, all schools that recruit heavily in the northeast. This year VT is using this to their advantage, allowing Rogers to recruit heavily in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. And thus far, he is doing so with great success.
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2005 VT Football Preview: The Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
by Chris Coleman, 8/9/05, 11:35 am
The strength of Virginia Tech’s offense, and possibly of the entire team, is the outstanding corps of wide receivers and tight ends. The Hokies will go five, possibly six deep at wide receiver, and have two very good tight ends. Bryan Stinespring and Marcus Vick certainly have a lot of options on the outside.
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Football Notes: Injury News and Freshman Outlook
by Chris Coleman,, 8/8/05, 7:05 pm
The news has been mostly good out of Blacksburg through three days of football practice (not including Monday). However, there has been some bad news. R-freshmen cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Theo Miller both came up lame over the weekend with hamstring injuries, forcing them to miss valuable preseason time.
Also: No Surgery for Boone, Other Freshmen Impress, Offensive Line Developing Depth
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ACC Preview/Prediction: North Carolina, Coastal Division #5
by Jeff Ouellet, 8/8/05, 1:30 pm
Someone in the North Carolina athletic department doesn’t like John Bunting because the Tar Heels' schedule this year is absurd. The three out of conference matchups are Utah, Louisville and Wisconsin, and the Heels are trying to replace record setting quarterback Darian Durant and all-ACC center Jason Brown. UNC is one of the true “sleeping giant” jobs in college football, but the program will remain comatose in 2005. Carolina has all the resources to be a terrific program, but Bunting should be in line for ACC Coach of the Year honors if the Tar Heels are bowl eligible.
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The Year of Our Discontent, Part 4
by Will Stewart,, 8/7/05, 11:55 pm
In early April of 1987, as news of the investigation into VT's basketball program hit the mainstream press, VT's administration acknowledged in a terse statement released through the public affairs office that allegations had been made, the school was checking them out, and the NCAA had been notified. As you can imagine, that lit the media on fire, and there was plenty of kindling lying around.
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Practice Report: Hokies Open Strong
by, 8/6/05, 12:30 am
The Hokies opened fall practice Friday, and we tapped a couple of our insiders for some news from day one. What they told us revealed a VT football team that is focused, sharp, and got off to a great start. "This was about as good a first practice as you will ever see, spring or fall," one of our insiders, who has been observing practices for years, told us.
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The Lawsuit that Changed College Athletics
by Chris Coleman,, 8/5/05, 2:40 pm
Back in 1984, the world was in the middle of the Cold War, and the United States was running an arms race with the Soviet Union. The winner would emerge from the Cold War as the most influential, most powerful nation in the world. At the same time, the United State Supreme Court was making an important decision that would lead to another arms race, this time in the world of college football.
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Hokies Ranked 7th in the Coaches' Poll
by Chris Coleman,, 8/5/05, 12:25 pm
In the first USA Today Coaches’ Poll that was released on Friday morning at 6 o’clock, the Virginia Tech Hokies were ranked 7th in the nation. It is the highest preseason ranking the Hokies have ever garnered. Tech finished 19 points behind 6th ranked LSU, and ten points ahead of 8th ranked Miami.
Also: Big Recruiting Weekend for the Hokies
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ACC Preview/Prediction: Clemson, Atlantic Division #5
by Jeff Ouellet, 8/5/05, 10:45 am
Clemson is, without a doubt, the toughest team to figure in the entire conference. They have significant strengths, as they are led by a talented senior quarterback in Charlie Whitehurst, and little pressure because the expectations of the national pundits (as opposed to the Tiger faithful) are minimal. They also have two new coordinators and lost their two best defensive players. It’s tough to slot them, but when in doubt I’m putting Maryland and BC ahead of them because of superior coaching.
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