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TSL Releases New Top 40 Recruiting Rankings
Version 003 (September, 2002) of the TSL Top 40 recruits in the state of Virginia is now on-line. Space limitations prevent us from including the entire Top 40 and all relevant information on each player here, but here's a quick look at the Top 20:
VT verbals are in maroon and orange; Gardner (#9) is a Notre Dame verbal, Catterton (#11) and Terry (#14) are UVa verbals, and Hamlett (#16) is a UNC verbal.
There is no change at all in the top ten, but there are some changes after that. Big movers this time are Kenny Lewis, who moved up from #28 to #20, Terrel Golden moved from #15 to #12, Fontel Mines gained five spots from #20 to #15, and Justin Bell moved from #25 to #18. Carlton Powell made a three-step jump from #22 to #19.
Dropping out of the Top 20 are Kenny Price (from #16 to #25), Noah Sutherland (from #17 to #34), UVa commit Marshall Ausberry (#18 to #23) and VT commit Brett Warren (from #19 to #24).
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Let's Look at Some Stats
With the Hokies having an off weekend, it's a good time to check and see how they're doing in the NCAA statistics. Here's the rundown of the good -- and the bad -- for Hokie football, statistically speaking.
The only individual Hokie who shows up in the top 20 in any statistical rankings is punter Vinnie Burns, who averages just over 43 yards per punt, good enough for 19th in the country. Tech tailback Lee Suggs is 39th in the country in rushing, with 430 yards rushing, and 23rd in the country in scoring, with 9.6 points per game.
In team rankings, the Hokies fare much better. Offensively, the Hokies are ranked #15 in rushing, at 221.2 yards per game. Tech was doing much better just two games ago, but 257 net rushing yards total in the last two games made them plummet in the rushing rankings. In scoring offense, Tech ranks 27th at 35.8 yards per game.
The bad news is that the Hokies are 81st in total offense at 340.4 yards per game, and a staggering (but not so surprising) 110th in passing offense -- just 119.2 yards per game.
Defensively, Tech is #1 in rushing defense (42.2 yards per game), #1 in scoring defense (7.8 points per game), #11 in total defense (268.2 ypg). On the downside, Tech is 75th in passing defense, at 226.0 yards per game. Just for fun, if you take out the Marshall game (442 yards passing), the Hokies are only giving up 172 yards passing per game, which would put them 25th in the nation.
Barring injury, Lee Suggs will continue to build on his Tech and Big East career record of 40 touchdowns scored (38 rushing, 2 receiving). Suggs entered the season with 32 TD's and already has 8 more in five games this year, meaning that he is on course to score 21 touchdowns in this 13-game season.
If he is able to do that, it would give him 53 career touchdowns, a whopping 23 ahead of the next closest Hokies, James Barber and Cyrus Lawrence, who had 30.
Not only that, but 53 career TD's would place Suggs a solid second on the Tech career scoring list with 318 points, well ahead of Ryan Williams (254 points), but far behind career scoring leader Shayne Graham (371 points).
And Suggs is only in his second season of significant playing time.
Fly-bys Tentatively Scheduled
Lastly, two fly-bys are tentatively scheduled for the Rutgers (Oct. 19th) and Temple (Oct. 26th) home games. Sources tell us two F-16's from the Vermont Air National Guard will fly over for Rutgers, and a B-2 Stealth bomber will fly over for Temple. All aircraft are scheduled to be piloted by Hokies!
Again, this is just tentative.
If action is taken against Iraq, the fly-bys could (and probably would) be cancelled.
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