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Glennon Done? We'll See...
by Chris Coleman,

The speculation amongst Tech fans is that Tyrod Taylor will be Virginia Tech's primary quarterback, sooner rather than later. That's probably true, but that certainly doesn't mean that Glennon should get comfortable on the bench.

Last season when Taylor was named the starting quarterback, Frank Beamer said he firmly believed that Virginia Tech would need Sean Glennon again before the season was over. That turned out to be true. Taylor got hurt against Duke, Glennon came back and played very well down the stretch, and both players were heavy contributors in Tech's ACC Championship run.

If we look back to 1997, we'll see that the Hokies have used more than one quarterback in most seasons, whether it's by choice or because of injury. The following table lists the quarterbacks who have started games or have received significant playing time (not just mop-up duty) for the Hokies since 1997.

Quarterbacks Since 1997
Year Player
1997 Al Clark, Nick Sorensen
1998 Al Clark, Dave Meyer, Nick Sorensen
1999 Michael Vick, Dave Meyer
2000 Michael Vick, Dave Meyer
2001 Grant Noel
2002 Grant Noel, Bryan Randall
2003 Bryan Randall, Marcus Vick
2004 Bryan Randall
2005 Marcus Vick
2006 Sean Glennon
2007 Sean Glennon, Tyrod Taylor

For the most part, Tech backup quarterbacks have played because of injury. Nick Sorensen and Dave Meyer played behind injury prone quarterbacks. Meyer was an excellent backup who could have started for many schools, and who started a game in 1998, 1999 and 2000 (Interesting reading: Part 1 and Part 2 of "In His Own Words: Dave Meyer," from the spring of 2001).

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Grant Noel started the first game of the 2002 season, but gave way to Bryan Randall. However, late in the season at Miami, Randall was knocked out of the game, and Noel had to come in on a critical goal line play. He threw a touchdown pass to Ernest Wilford.

In 2003, Marcus Vick and Bryan Randall both played, and then the Hokies went three seasons with just one quarterback. Last season, both Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon started games for Tech. Taylor was hurt against Duke, and later Glennon got knocked out of the FSU game.

There has been just one season where two quarterbacks played, and neither was hurt at some point. Bryan Randall began the 2003 season as the starter, and he started every game that year. However, Marcus Vick got most of the snaps against Miami and Pittsburgh, and both players split reps against Boston College. That year, the two quarterback system did not go well.

Generally though, the Hokies have had an injury at quarterback in roughly half the seasons since 1997. History tells us that the Hokies will need their backup quarterback this year. In fact, they'll be very fortunate to have such an experienced one. Stay ready, Sean. You might play a major role at some point later this season.

Hokies Vs. 1-AA Teams

Virginia Tech will welcome the 1-AA Furman Paladins into Lane Stadium tomorrow. It will be the sixth time the Hokies have faced a 1-AA team since 1999, and the Hokies always walk away with an easy victory.

Here's a summary of Tech's recent history against 1-AA opponents.

Hokies vs. 1-AA Teams
Year Opponent Result
1999 James Madison 47-0
2003 James Madison 43-0
2004 Florida A&M 62-0
2006 Northeastern 38-0
2007 William & Mary 44-3
Average Score 46.8-0.6

No 1-AA team managed to score on Virginia Tech until William & Mary snuck in a field goal in Lane Stadium last season. The Hokies have beaten their opponents by an average of just over 46 points per game, with the 38-0 win over Northeastern to open the 2006 season being the closest margin of victory.

Furman is one of the best 1-AA teams the Hokies have played. In their last five games against 1-A opponents, they have lost by an average of just 10 points. With so much player turnover for the Hokies, I'm looking for Tech's 46-point margin of victory to come down a bit after this game, though it should still be a relatively easy win. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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To Err is Human, to Boo Repellent, to Cheer Divine

September 5, 2008
Sean Glennon might effectively be at the end of his college career. He's going to play against Furman, but beyond that, what can he expect? Frank Beamer didn't pull the redshirt from Tyrod Taylor without great thought, and I figure Beamer intends to use TT heavily for the rest of the season. This might be the end of the line for Glennon ... and one can only hope that it's the end of the line for the bitterness and venom that has often been aimed his way.

Brown Yet to Narrow List of Schools
September 5, 2008
Top wide receiver recruit Justin Brown has had a busy week, and not just on the field in preparing for his team's regular season opener. The 6-3, 205-pound Concord (Wilmington, DE) standout has already received double-digit phone calls from college recruiters this week, which is the first week Division 1A coaches may phone 2009 recruits this fall.

ACC Weekend Football Preview: Week 2
September 5, 2008
Chris Miller returns with ACC previews and predictions for this weekend's action, headlined in conference by BC vs. Georgia Tech and out of conference by Miami vs. Florida.

Friday Football Q&A, Thursday Edition: September 4, 2008
September 4, 2008
There will be no "Keys to the Game/Matchups to Watch" article this week, primarily because there is little to no game film on Furman for TSL football analyst Phil Martin to review. However, we've got a special treat for you. Raleigh Hokie joins us in a special Q&A session to talk about how Virginia Tech should use Tyrod Taylor, and whether or not the two quarterback system should be a thing of the past.

Rhodes, Varina Impress in Opener
September 4, 2008
DeAntre Rhodes and the Varina Blue Devils turned in a fantastic performance last Friday, soundly defeating a GW-Danville team featuring top senior running back David Wilson. Rhodes, a 6-3, 265-pound defensive tackle/offensive guard, showed why he is also considered a top in-state prospect in the 2009 class.

Football Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. Furman
September 3, 2008
Virginia Tech welcomes the Furman Paladins to Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Furman is one of the best 1-AA programs in the southeast, and they have put a major scare into some 1-A teams over the past few years. This one isn't likely to be nearly as much of a walkover as most 1-AA opponents are. The Hokies will need to come to play.

TSL Audio: The Jerry Miller Show, 9/2/08
September 3, 2008
In this latest edition, Chris Coleman and Jerry covered the Tyrod Taylor redshirt story, which broke just before the two of them went on the air yesterday. The Jerry Miller Show appears on The Sports Addict Radio Network every afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm in Blacksburg (1430 AM), Charlottesville (840 AM), and Bluefield (1050 AM), and from 2:00-4:00 in Martinsville (1160 AM) (WMA format, 3.0 MB, 12:56).

Ocean Lakes Recruiting Notes
September 3, 2008
New head coach Chris Scott has guided Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) to two consecutive wins in its first two games of the 2008 season. The Dolphins have many talented players, but two in particular - senior Shamarko Thomas and junior Justin Hunter - have turned in standout performances so far.

ECU Game Analysis: Fired Up Pirates Knock Out Mistake-Prone Hokies
September 2, 2008
"Reality Check" -- a quick search of the on-line dictionary defines it as coming to terms with what is actually happening, rather than what one chooses to believe. The Tech football team and their fans got a big dose of reality served to them on Saturday with a tough, heart-breaking 27-22 loss to a very good team from East Carolina.

Hokies Pull Redshirt from Tyrod Taylor
September 2, 2008
The Tyrod Taylor redshirt experiment lasted exactly one week. In last Tuesday's press conference, Frank Beamer announced the intention to redshirt Taylor for the 2008 season. In this afternoon's press conference, Beamer announced that both Taylor and Sean Glennon will play this weekend against Furman.

Hokie Hotline Notes for 9/1/08
September 2, 2008
In the wake of the ECU loss, Monday night's guests were defensive coordinator Bud Foster, beat writer Kyle Tucker of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, athletic director Jim Weaver, and head football coach Frank Beamer.

Wang Helps Stone Bridge to Big Win in Opener
September 2, 2008
Coming off its Group AAA, Division 5 state championship title last season, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) kicked off the 2008 season in fine fashion with a 42-28 win over West Springfield last week. Putting the clamps on West Springfield star quarterback Bryn Renner, a UNC commit, the Bulldogs held a 42-7 advantage at halftime.

Monday Thoughts: East Carolina
September 1, 2008
We had been hearing all summer that the Tech coaches were very concerned about their opener with ECU, and on Saturday we found out why. Some of Virginia Tech's problems against the Pirates can be traced to youth and inexperience, but at the same time, some old demons reared their heads. The 2008 season is off to an ominous start.

Around the ACC: Week 1
September 1, 2008
The ACC took one on the chin this weekend. The highly-touted Clemson Tigers were spanked by Alabama in the Georgia Dome, and Coastal Division favorite Virginia Tech was knocked off by East Carolina. Even North Carolina, the preseason #2 in the Coastal, was nearly beaten by a 1-AA team. Overall, it was a bad weekend for a conference that appears to have gotten even worse since last season.

Hokies Blow Late Lead, Fall to ECU 27-22
August 30, 2008
Charlotte, NC - Virginia Tech led East Carolina by nine points in the fourth quarter, but couldn't close the deal. The Pirates scored two touchdowns in the final minutes to pull out a 27-22 victory over the #17 Hokies on Saturday in Charlotte.

ACC Weekend Football Preview: Week 1
August 29, 2008
Chris Miller previews this weekend's ACC football games. Three ACC teams will take on 1-AA opponents on Saturday, while UVA will face a highly-touted USC team. In the weekend's biggest game, ACC favorite Clemson meets Alabama in the Georgia Dome.

Talent Comparison: Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina
August 29, 2008
Yesterday Phil Martin gave us the Keys to the Game, and the Matchups to Watch for tomorrow's game with East Carolina. Today he gives us a new feature, a talent comparison between the Hokies and Pirates.
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