Virginia Tech redshirt freshman offensive guard Jaymes Brooks of Denbigh High School saw his first action from scrimmage late in the second quarter — for one snap.
Brooks hurried into the huddle for second-and-goal from the 7 after starting right guard Sergio Render hobbled off the field. Running behind Brooks and tackle Richard Graham, Kenny Lewis gained 2 yards on the play, after which Render returned to the lineup.
With 1:14 left in the fourth quarter and Tech looking to run out the clock, Brooks entered the game again and played two additional snaps.
At 6-foot-2, 304 pounds, Brooks is among the Hokies' most promising young linemen. And there's no denying the program is in dire need of more quality linemen.
Defensive end Jason Worilds (shoulder) and linebacker Cam Martin (groin) left the game and did not return.
Nekos Brown took over for Worilds, Cody Grimm for Martin. The availability of Worilds, Martin and offensive tackle Blake DeChristopher — he missed Saturday with a leg contusion — for next week's game against Georgia Tech is unknown.
STILL NO DECISION
Freshman tailback Ryan Williams hasn't played in Virginia Tech's first two games, raising questions about whether he'll take a redshirt this season. He has said on numerous occasions since January that he doesn't want to redshirt.
Tech coach Frank Beamermight have different plans.
"He's got to get good enough to get in there and get the reps and be knowledgeable enough," Beamer said. "With the ball in his hands, I don't think there's any question. It's when the ball is not in his hands is when the questions come. We'll decide here in the next week or two weeks."
Seven of Furman's 13 possessions, including the first three, started inside the Paladins' 20-yard line. Furman's average starting point was the 17.
Conversely, Tech's average starting field position was its own 43. The Hokies began four of their 13 drives inside Furman territory.
"Very, very critical," Beamer said of the disparity.
VS. DIVISION I-AA
This is the third consecutive season Tech has faced a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team. The Hokies defeated William and Mary last year and Northeastern in 2006.
Tech is not scheduled to play another FCS team until the 2011 opener, when Appalachian State visits Blacksburg. The Mountaineers have won the last three FCS national titles.
Quarterback Sean Glennon heard boos from Hokies fans on a few occasions during Saturday's game. It comes with the territory, he said.
"It's part of being a quarterback," Glennon said. "You've got to learn there's a good chance that things like that are going to happen. It's hard to make a scapegoat out of a lineman or a linebacker or something like that. It's always going to fall on the leader of the team, which is the quarterback position. So, fair or unfair or justified or whatever you want to call it, that's just something that as a high-level quarterback you're going to have to accept as a possibility that goes along with the job."
Beamer had another impression of the fans' booing.
"I don't like that," Beamer said. "I don't like that for college kids to be treated that way. To me, it's not the right thing to do. I love our fans. They hang in there with us. They're hanging in there right now. We're not playing great, but I still don't think there's a cause for (booing)."
Furman is the first FCS opponent since James Madison in 1992 to score a touchdown against Tech. In five subsequent contests against FCS teams, the Hokies had won by a combined 234-3, the lone points coming in last season's 44-3 victory over William and Mary.
Defensive tackle John Gravesblocked a field-goal try, making him the first Hokie since John Engelbergerin 1997 to block a kick in consecutive games.
Last week, Graves' block of an East Carolina extra-point try was returned by Stephan Virgil for two points.
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