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Virginia Tech Flanker To Transfer

August 22, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Tech flanker Andrae Harrison, a high school teammate of star quarterback Michael Vick who was expected to become part of the 11th-ranked Hokies’ passing game this year, has decided to transfer.

``It’s really a shame. He’s really done well academically,″ coach Frank Beamer said Tuesday. ``It’s just he decided that this program wasn’t the program for him.″

Beamer said he learned of Harrison’s decision on Monday.

``We wish him the very best. We hope it will work out good for him,″ he said.

It was unclear to which school Harrison planned to transfer.

Harrison could not be reached for comment. His number in Blacksburg is unlisted and a phone number listed for his mother in Newport News was not in service.

``I’m really disappointed Andrae has decided to leave. We’ve known each other for a long time and we’ve been friends since high school,″ Vick said. ``I’m a little hurt he didn’t come and talk to me. I wish he would’ve told me what was going on before he made his decision.″

Harrison, a 6-foot-3, 209-pound redshirt freshman from Warwick High School in Newport News, was third on Virginia Tech’s depth chart and expected to play this year.

He had 127 catches for 2,604 yards and 25 touchdowns at Warwick, where Vick was the quarterback. He also had a 50-yard reception in the Hokies’ spring game.

``It’s too bad. He worked really hard,″ said Billy Hite, assistant head coach and running backs coach. ``Sometimes guys just want to do something different.″

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