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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
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.
Strock has coached in the NFL, and is now the head coach at Florida International University.
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