News With Commentary by TSL Staff

Saturday, April 3, 2004
by Will Stewart,

Humes Breaks Leg; Out 3-4 Months

Tech tailback Cedric Humes fractured the fibula in his left leg in a football scrimmage Saturday and will be out 3-4 months. Humes will have surgery on the leg on Sunday, and the Hokies anticipate that he'll be back in time for the season opener in the BCA Classic on August 28th.

Humes was the third-leading rusher for the Hokies in the 2003 football season, carrying the ball 65 times for 380 yards (5.8 ypc) and 5 touchdowns. He scored on runs of 58 yards against UConn and 35 yards against Rutgers.

Humes was listed on the spring depth chart as a co-starter, along with Mike Imoh, with John Candelas backing them up. Candelas has an injured hamstring (the severity has not been reported on).

Tailback-turned-receiver Justin Hamilton has been working out at tailback, and he'll provide depth at the position for the remainder of the spring, along with walk-on Thomas McClelland. Freshman George Bell will remain at fullback for the time being, and Hamilton is expected to stay at wide receiver long-term.

During the scrimmage, the offense ran 45 plays and did not score. The focus of the scrimmage offensively was to evaluate inexperienced fullbacks Bell and John Kinzer, plus wide receivers Josh Hyman (1 catch, 20 yards), Robert Parker (1 catch, 17 yards), and Justin Harper (1 catch, 10 yards), among others.

Passing, Bryan Randall was 2-7 for 33 yards, Marcus Vick was 7-16 for 100 yards, and true freshman Cory Holt was 3-4 for 28 yards.

Defensively, the Hokies got good performances from redshirt freshman linebackers Vince Hall (five tackles, three of them for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup) and Xavier Adibi (three tackles, one for loss).


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