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|Friday, June 16|
|Va. Tech QB drafted by Colorado|
|BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick is
considering turning pro -- in baseball.
Vick, third in the Heisman Trophy balloting after leading the
Hokies to the national title game as a freshman, was chosen by the
Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the free-agent draft on June
Although he has not played baseball in five years, Vick said he
will meet with the Rockies over the weekend.
"I have to sit down with the guys and see what they have to
offer, and if I decide to play, how can I do it without interfering
with football," Vick said.
Rockies officials acknowledged that drafting Vick, a left-handed
pitcher and outfielder, was a gamble.
"We realize football is his priority and we're willing to work
around it," Colorado scouting director Bill Schmidt told the Rocky
Mountain News. "We're trying to be aggressive and expand the
applicant pool -- take a shot at a good athlete."
Vick is due to report for football practice Aug. 4. Hokies coach
Frank Beamer said he does not mind his star quarterback giving
baseball a shot.
"We want what is best for Michael Vick, and he needs to
consider all his options," Beamer said.
Rockies take why-not approach to drafting Heisman hopeful Vick