Coach: Frank Beamer
102-22-1, 11 years
122-35-2, overall 14 years
1999 Record: 11-1
Sep 04 James Madison
Won 47-0
Sep 11 Alabama-Birmingham
Won 31-10
Sep 23 Clemson
Won 31-11
Oct 02 @Virginia
Won 31-7
Oct 09 @Rutgers
Won 58-20
Oct 16 Syracuse
Won 62-0
Oct 30 @Pittsburgh
Won 30-17
Nov 06 @West Virginia
Won 22-20
Nov 13 Miami (FL)
Won 43-10
Nov 20 @Temple
Won 62-7
Nov 26 Boston College
Won 38-14
Jan 04 Florida State Lost 29-46
1999 Final Rankings
AP-2,   BCS-2,   Coaches-3
2000 Outlook

Fans may get sick of hearing it but as QB Vick goes, so will the Hokies. Even more so in 2000. Any team that loses a QB would be devastated, but at Virginia Tech, an injured Vick would leave the Hokies scrambling. On the other side, with Vick it's not inconceivable that a favorable schedule could put Tech back into the title game in the Orange Bowl. The dent in the return title trip lies within the defense where new faces will be everywhere. The special teams will not be there either to bail the Hokies out as both kicker and punter leave town. It's a known fact that Coach Beamer is one of today's best coaches and next season will put him to the test. But the offense may be so superb that opponents will have to score 40 plus points to even think of a victory. VT's biggest foes will come on the road at East Carolina and at Miami while fans will be delighted to see seven home games coming to beautiful Blacksburg next fall as Georgia Tech gets added to play in the Black Coaches Association Kickoff Classic giving the Hokies a 12 game schedule. The Big East won't catch the Hokies just yet. Projected record: 11-2.

Virginia Tech 2000 Schedule

QB - 5 DL - 2
RB - 3 LB - 2.5
WR - 3.5 DB - 2.5
OL - 4.5  


Strengths: Michael Vick. A possible 2000 Heisman winner and an extremely important factor to the Hokies upcoming season. By far the best running QB in the nation with a strong arm to add to it. Vick has a very experienced supporting cast on the offensive side of the ball. The line returns all but one starter from last year. Combine that with Andre Davis, a first team All Big East receiver, and Emmett Johnson at the the other WR slot and that spells a ton of points. Tech has some big time blockers and runners at fullback in Ferguson and Hawkins and together with tight end Derek Carter will force opponents to respect the running game. Andre Kendrick, the teams 2nd leading rusher in '99, has been cleared to play for the fall. The Virginia Tech offense will be even better than last year.
Weaknesses: Considering that Big East leading rusher Shyrone Stith left early for the pros, Kendrick's return will play a key role to the Hokie ground attack. The coaches will have their eye on backups Wayne Ward and Keith Burnell come spring and will be sure to give plenty of reps to each. The Hokies have lost one of the best kickers in college football in Shane Graham and finding a replacement will be difficult with no other prospects seeing game experience the last few years.
QB Michael Vick 6-1 211 So. Dave Meyer 6-3 208 Sr.
TB Andre Kendrick 5-7 183 Sr. Lee Suggs 6-0 197 So.
FB Jarrett Ferguson 5-9 207 Jr.   Cullen Hawkins 6-0 218 Sr.
WR Andre Davis 6-1 199 Jr.   Terrell Parham 6-0 190 So.
WR Emmett Johnson 6-3 206 Jr.   Shawn Witten 6-1 185 So.
T Anthony Lambo 6-3 197 Sr.   Anthony Davis 6-4 335 So.
G Matt Lehr 6-2 275 Sr.   Joe Marchant 6-3 295 Sr.
C Steve DeMasi 6-3 278 Sr.   Jake Grove 6-3 275 So.
G Josh Redding 6-4 309 Sr.   Luke Owens 6-3 305 So.
T Dave Kadela 6-6 272 Sr.   Matt Wincek 6-5 276 Jr.
TE Browning Wynn 6-3 231 Jr.   Derek Carter 6-2 260 Jr.
K Carter Warley 5-11 185 Fr. Jon Mollerup 5-11 198 So.
Returning starters in bold.

Key Losses: Shyrone Stith-RB, Ricky Hall-WR, Keith Short-C, Tim Schnecker-OL,
Shane Graham-K

Strengths: So many new faces will line up this year it may be hard to tell at this point who will take over on the depth charts. For sure you can count on senoir Cory Bird having a big year as he was second on the team list with 73 tackles in 1999 as well as adding six sacks to his resume. Right beside Bird is another senior, Nick Sorensen, who will need to become a leader on D as he finished with 69 tackles. The possibility exists that Sorensen could be moved the the "whip" linebacker spot come fall. The linebackers do have some talent in Butler, Houseright, and Taylor. Anchoring the line will be David Pugh who saw plenty of action in a backup spot recording 31 tackles with 8 of them for a loss and 4 sacks and Chad Beasley who recorded 39 tackles. .
Weaknesses: Last season's senior packed defense has left numerous holes. Unless some new faces emerge, the defense could be miles apart from the offense when the season starts. In addition to the senoirs, cornerback Ike Charlton has also left for the pros and promising defensive end Derrius Monroe has been removed from the team leaving very little depth at that spot. If there was a weakness in '99 it would have been in the defensive backfield where improved play will be a top concern for coaches this spring. All in all, replacement will be needed all across the front, at two of the linebacker spots and at both corners. The special teams also takes another hit in the loss of punter Jimmy Kibble.
DE Lamar Cobb 6-2 226 So. Cols Colas 6-0 232 Fr.
DT David Pugh 6-3 271 Jr. Dan Wilkinson 6-1 258 Jr.
DT Chad Beasley 6-5 285 Jr.   Thenus Franklin 6-3 259 So.
DE Nathaniel Adibi 6-3 242 Fr.   Ron Cook 6-2 234 Jr.
LB Ben Taylor 6-2 225 Jr.   Benny Wolfe 5-10 202 Sr.
LB Jake Houseright 6-3 235 Jr.   Brian Welch 6-0 244 Jr.
LB Nick Sorensen 6-3 207 Sr.   Tee Butler 6-0 201 Sr.
CB Larry Austin 5-9 180 Jr.   Garnell Wilds 6-0 194 Fr.
CB Ronyell Whitaker 5-9 193 So.   Eric Green 6-0 178 Fr.
SS Cory Bird 5-10 218 Sr.   Phillip Summers 6-0 201 Sr.
FS Willie Pile 6-3 200 So.   Billy Hardee 5-11 192 So.
P Bobby Peaslee 6-0 192 Fr. Vinnie Burns 6-0 175 Fr.
Returning starters in bold.

Key Losses: Ike Charlton-DB, Corey Moore-DE, Nathaniel Williams-DT, Carl Bradley-DT, John Engelberger-DE, Michael Hawkes-LB, Jamel Smith-LB, Anthony Midget-DB, Chris Cyrus-DE, Jimmy Kibble-P