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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 6.

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.

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