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Comparing Sean Glennon to Other First-Year Starters

by Chris Coleman,

Obviously one of the biggest topics on the TSL message boards since the conclusion of the Chick-fil-A Bowl has been the play of first-year starting quarterback Sean Glennon. After gradually winning over much of the fan base down the stretch in the regular season, Glennon now finds himself back in the doghouse amongst many Tech fans following his four turnovers in the fourth quarter against Georgia.

When the season began, everyone knew the offense would struggle. The offensive line was not going to be very good, and Glennon would be a downgrade from Marcus Vick. Glennon looked good at times (Wake Forest) and very bad at times (Georgia).

Glennon is the ninth first-year, full-time starter under Frank Beamer. How does he stack up to the previous eight?

Virginia Tech First-Year Starters at Quarterback
Name Year Comp. Att. Pct Yards TDs INTs Record

Will Furrer

1988 128 279 45.9% 1384 6 16


Maurice DeShazo

1992 101 215 47.0% 1504 12 11


Jim Druckenmiller

1995 151 294 51.4% 2103 14 11


Al Clark

1997 110 192 57.3% 1476 10 3


Michael Vick

1999 90 152 59.2% 1840 12 5


Grant Noel

2001 146 254 57.5% 1826 16 11


Bryan Randall

2002 158 248 63.7% 2134 12 11


Marcus Vick

2005 177 289 61.2% 2393 17 10


Sean Glennon

2006 170 302 56.3% 2191 11 11



Average 136.8 247.2 55.5% 1872.3 12.2 9.9


Interesting stats, and in some cases, surprising. For example, Sean Glennon threw 302 passes, the most of any other first-year starter. Granted only Randall and Marcus Vick also played in 13 games in their first year as a starter (bowl games were not counted in final stats until the 2002 season), but Maurice DeShazo, Al Clark and Michael Mick wouldnít have reached that number with a couple of extra games, and Grant Noel probably wouldnít have either.

Glennonís completion percentage is also slightly higher than the average for first-year starters. But that average is held down by Will Furrer, Maurice DeShazo and Jim Druckenmiller, who had very low completion percentages in their first seasons starting. Glennonís 56.3% completion percentage is the lowest since Jim Druckenmillerís 51.4% in 1995.

It appears that amongst VTís first-year starters, 11 is the magic number. Five of the nine players on the list above have thrown 11 interceptions in their first year as a starter. From that standpoint, Glennon actually did a pretty good job. 11 picks is not an extremely high number, and he threw more passes than any other player on the list above. So from an interception standpoint, Glennon did a pretty good job this season, except for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

One thing Glennon did not do is generate a lot of touchdowns. His 11 touchdown passes were the fewest since Al Clark in 1997, and Clark spent a good portion of that season hurt. Clark also countered his low number of touchdowns by throwing just three interceptions.

Itís a matter of opinion as to how to rank these quarterbacks as first-year starters. In case youíre having trouble deciding, hereís a mathematical formula that could help you decide. Each quarterback is ranked in completion percentage, yards per attempt, attempts per touchdown, attempts per interception, winning percentage and touchdown to interception ration. Players are not ranked based on total passing yards, total touchdowns and total interceptions because not all players played in the same amount of games.

Rating the First-Year Starters
Name Pct.
Yds/Att. Att/ TD Att/INT Winning

Michael Vick

3 1 1 2 1 2 1.67

Marcus Vick

2 3 3 3 2 3 2.67

Al Clark

5 4 5 1 7 1 3.83

Bryan Randall

1 2 6 7 5 6 4.50

Grant Noel

4 6 2 6 6 4 4.67

Jim Druckenmiller

7 7 7 5 3 5 5.67

Sean Glenoon

6 5 8 4 4 8 5.83

Maurice DeShazo

8 8 4 8 9 6 7.17

Will Furrer

9 9 9 9 8 9 8.83

As expected, Michael Vick finds himself at the top of the list. Vick had the top yards per attempt, as well as attempts per touchdown and winning percentage. He ranked in at least the top three in every category. His brother Marcus, who finished second, also ranked in the top three in each category, but didnít finish first in anything.

Perhaps the two biggest surprises of the group are Al Clark and Jim Druckenmiller. Clark wasnít the most talented guy in the world, but he didnít turn the ball over and had a pretty solid yards per attempt average. Druckenmiller helped Tech to a Sugar Bowl win in his first season as a starter, but he barely completed 50% of his passes, which gave him a low yards per attempt average. His attempts per touchdown average was also low. The main thing that he had going for him, from a statistical standpoint, is winning percentage.

Grant Noelís ranking could also be somewhat of a surprise for those who only remember the five-turnover 2001 Miami game, but Noel held the Tech record for most touchdown passes by a first-year starter until Marcus Vick broke it by one touchdown in 2005. And Marcus Vick had 13 games counting towards his stats, while Noel had just 11. Noel threw for a touchdown and 269 yards against Florida State in the 2001 Gator Bowl, which do not count towards his final statistics. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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CFA Bowl Analysis: Hokies Come Unglued

January 5, 2007
That was painful to watch. If there is one team in the nation built to protect an 18 point halftime lead, it's Virginia Tech. And if there is one coach in the nation with a philosophy specifically designed to take care of the ball and let the other team make the big mistakes, it is Frank Beamer. Yet, right before our eyes, we all witnessed a 2nd half collapse from the Hokies that resembled little of that philosophy.

VT Offers Halifax County Junior LB
January 5, 2007
Virginia Tech had success at Halifax County High School (VA) in the 2007 class, landing a verbal commitment from speedy wide receiver Patrick Terry. The Hokies are going back to Halifax for the 2008 class in hopes of landing the star of the Comets defense.

Anson LB a Key Recruit for VT
January 4, 2007
Linebacker Barquell Rivers finished his outstanding Anson County High School (N.C.) football career with several achievements, including having started more games on the varsity level than any other player in school history and setting a school record for most tackles in a career. The 6-0, 220-pound prospect capped off his career with an excellent senior season, helping Anson County to the third round in the state playoffs.

Hokies Pull Away Late, Beat Richmond 65-53
January 3, 2007
Virginia Tech started slowly, but used a big run in the second half to down the visiting Richmond Spiders 65-53 in Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night. The Hokies improve to 10-4 overall, and remain 1-0 in the ACC. Richmond drops to 4-9.

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Richmond
January 3, 2007
Virginia Tech will look to put Saturday's upset at Marshall behind them when they return to Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night to host the Richmond Spiders. The Hokies played their worst game of the season in the 59-58 loss to the Thundering Herd and can't afford any more setbacks before conference play begins.

U.S. Army Bowl Update: Tyrod Taylor
January 3, 2007
Hampton (VA) quarterback Tyrod Taylor received a not-so-good surprise upon arriving in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game, which will take place this Saturday at noon on NBC. The 6-1 Ĺ, 200-pound Taylor, TechSideline.comís number one player in the state of Virginia for the 2007 class, actually started off with the defensive backs this week but is now back at quarterback.

Collapse Leads to Lingering Questions
January 3, 2007
They were so close, just 30 minutes away from a sense of "mission accomplished" and a quiet offseason of anticipation. But with their colossal meltdown against the Georgia Bulldogs, the Hokies have thrown everything back on the table for debate: quarterback play, coaching philosophies, in-game execution by players and coaches, recruiting Ö you name it. The next eight months, until the September 2nd season opener against ECU, won't be a peaceful time for Virginia Tech football.

Bourbonstreet's 2006 Bowl Outlook, Part 5
January 2, 2007
We're down to the last five bowls now -- sigh -- and the list includes three heavy bowls (the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and BCS Championship Game) plus two that are positively MAC-tacular: the International Bowl and the GMAC Bowl.
more's Postseason Top 30
January 2, 2007
There are talented prospects throughout the state of Virginia in what is a deep 2007 class. At least 40 players have landed Division 1A offers up to this point with perhaps more on the way. This class is deep and Virginia Tech and Virginia have each done well in rounding up some of the stateís best.

Bourbonstreet's 2006 Bowl Outlook, Part 4
December 31, 2006
January 1st is a big day for bowl games, and Bstreet has his thoughts on the six games being played that day, including the Cap One Bowl, the Gator Bowl, and a pair of BCS bowls, the Rose and the Fiesta.

Hokies Blow Halftime Lead, Lose to Georgia in Atlanta
December 31, 2006
Atlanta, GA -- #14 Virginia Tech blew an 18-point halftime lead, lost the momentum in the second half and never recovered in a 31-24 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Using Virginia Techís formula for success, Georgia mounted their comeback in the second half behind big plays by their special teams and defense, while their offense took care of the ball and took advantage of their opportunities.

Marshall Surprises Hokie Hoops Team, 59-58
December 31, 2006
The Marshall Thundering Herd jumped on Virginia Techís menís basketball team in the first half, bolted to a 38-21 half time lead, then held on down the stretch to beat the Hokies 59-58 in Huntington Saturday afternoon. The shocking loss drops the Hokies to 9-4 on the season, while Marshall improves to just 4-8 on the year.

Notes from Atlanta: Hokie Fans Out in Force
December 30, 2006
Just a few notes from a fanís perspective on the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where one thing is old news: Hokie fans have once again shown up in force for a bowl game. Shocking, isnít it? Also to be expected, Georgia fans were in short supply in Atlanta Friday night, because for most of them, itís just a day trip.

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech at Marshall
December 30, 2006
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team is on a five game winning streak, and they are looking to make it six when they travel to Huntington to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday. If the Hokies can win this game and their home contest with Richmond on January 3, they will be 11-3 heading into the highly-anticipated game at Duke on January 6.

Lanier Reflects on Shrine Bowl, VT Official Visit
December 29, 2006
6-5, 235-pound tight end recruit Andrew Lanier has garnered a reputation for being an accomplished blocker in his career at Dorman High School (Roebuck, S.C.). In fact, Dorman Head Coach Dave Gutshall called the Virginia Tech recruit ďas good an open field blocker as Iíve seen and maybe the best weíve ever had.Ē

Bourbonstreet's 2006 Bowl Outlook, Part 3
December 28, 2006
BStreet brings us part 3 of his bowl week outlook, including three Saturday bowl games and one Sunday bowl game. This part includes the VT/Georgia matchup in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, as well as a handful of fun bowl facts.

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