As if earning the praise of
throughout spring practice wasn't enough, defensive end
provided another glimpse Saturday of the transformation he has made.
Friday, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound senior from Phoebus High, had two sacks in the spring game. His biggest sack came in the third quarter when he blew past left tackle
and hit quarterback
in the end zone for a safety.
"I think it's his time," Beamer said. "He's playing hard. He's playing fast. Being at that position for a while, I think he understands his role a little bit better. I'd like to see him get just five, six or seven pounds heavier, but you notice the guy. ... His speed off the edge there has become a factor."
Friday had a special message to deliver to former Tech defensive end
, who bypassed his senior season at Tech to declare for the
draft. Worilds was selected in the second round by the
"I feel like it is my time," said Friday, who is No. 1 on the depth chart at Worilds' former spot. "I feel like I've been here long enough. ... Congrats to Jason Worilds for going to the league and giving me an opportunity to play. I've got to make the most of it."
Up to his old tricks
, who missed last season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, didn't make much of an impact on the final stat sheet, with just five carries for 8 yards. Yet he still managed to make his presence felt on his first carry.
After taking a handoff from
, Evans ran to the right before dipping a shoulder and plowing through free safety
, who made the tackle flat on his back. Evans gained 4 yards, and a standing ovation from the crowd.
"I guess that was me just trying to get myself back into it," Evans said. "My style is just basically to try and challenge people. (Exum) was the first person I saw."
Evans drew a lot of attention in the backfield because
sat out the scrimmage with a minor knee bruise.
The Peninsula District was well-represented when Tech's spring practice awards were announced at halftime of the game.
Redshirt freshman defensive end
, a Bethel High product, earned the defensive
Award, which is given to the top newcomers during spring practice.
Taylor, a Hampton High alum, was given the offensive President's Award for players who demonstrate the most outstanding leadership during the off-season program and spring practice. He also won the offensive
Award, which goes to the most valuable spring practice performers.
Friday picked up the defensive
Dr. Richard Bullock
Award, which is awarded to the players who show the most improvement during spring practice.
An NFL who's who
In addition to
, Tech introduced at halftime 12 other Hokie football alums who are currently playing in the NFL.
Among the defensive guests were
linebacker and Phoebus product
defensive end and Bethel alum
, Eagles defensive back
Victor "Macho" Harris
, Eagles defensive end
From the offensive side,
were introduced. Free-agent kicker
also was honored.
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