While their national title hopes might have dimmed considerably on Oct. 22, 2003, there was some good news for Hokie fans everywhere. The tradition of great running backs at Tech will continue.
Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt running back George Bell announced his decision to attend Virginia Tech over NC State, Michigan and North Carolina. Bell, ranked as the No. 12 running back in the country, visited Blacksburg on Oct. 12 and fell in love.
"They were real with me," he said. "There was nothing phony about the visit. They told me they wanted me, they showed me they wanted me and it's a great opportunity with Kevin Jones expected to be gone after this season."
Bell hasn't played football in quite some time, although it didn't stop anyone from recruiting him. In fact, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer told Bell he had a scholarship offer whether he plays his senior year or not.
"I'm hoping to play this weekend," said Bell, who tore his ACL and ripped his LCL just 11 quarters into his junior season. "I've been cleared to play, it's just a matter of getting back out there. After the first hit, I'll be fine."
Bell follows Jones and Lee Suggs to Virginia Tech and hopes to keep their tradition of Heisman-quality running backs on track.
"It's a great place for a running back because they love to pound the ball," said the 5-foot-11, 225-pounder. "I like to wear down defenses and get stronger as the game goes on."