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 Tech Sports News

Quarterbacks Generally Struggle in Spring Game
by Chris Coleman,

Spring Games at Virginia Tech should not be used to make strong judgments about the team, or about individual players. The starters are split amongst both teams, many players miss the game with injuries, and it is afterall just a scrimmage.

Just take a look at the quarterbacking numbers from the Spring Game, going back to the days of Michael Vick.

Virginia Tech Spring Game Passing Stats
Player Year Comp. Att. Yards TD INT

Michael Vick

1999 3 10 35 0 1

Michael Vick

2000 2 11 26 0 0

Grant Noel

2001 13 32 114 1 0

Bryan Randall

2002 21 38 211 0 1

Bryan Randall

2003 12 21 149 0 0

Bryan Randall

2004 7 18 107 0 1

Marcus Vick

2005 9 17 105 0 1

Sean Glennon

2006 5 6 36 0 0

Sean Glennon

2008 9 15 119 2 0


81 168 902 3 4


Some of those numbers are downright ugly. If you saw Michael Vick play in that 1999 Spring Game, you might have left the stadium thinking that there was no way he could beat out r-junior Dave Meyer for the starting job. In fact, Vick's combined numbers for his two spring games don't look like those of the #1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.

Moving forward to the 2001 Spring Game, Grant Noel had a terrible completion percentage and averaged barely three yards per completion. He did have a touchdown pass, but overall he didn't play as well in the Spring Game as he did in most real games in the upcoming season.

Bryan Randall's first spring game came in 2002. Because of Grant Noel's torn ACL, Randall played every snap at quarterback for both teams, and without a yellow no-contact jersey. He went on to have one of the better performances in a Spring Game by a Tech quarterback in recent memory.

Marcus Vick was a First Team All-ACC quarterback in 2005, but he didn't get off to an auspicious start in the 2005 spring game. He completely barely 50% of his passes, and he threw an interception to forgotten (and eventually dismissed) cornerback Theo Miller.

In the last two games, Sean Glennon has been Tech's primary passer. He didn't get many throws in 2006, but he had arguably the Hokies' best Spring Game performance from a quarterback in the last 10 years last spring. Glennon threw two touchdown passes, one to Brandon Dillard and another to Ike Whitaker. Tyrod Taylor was 11-of-19 for 67 yards, with an interception.

Tomorrow, Tyrod Taylor will square off against Ju-Ju Clayton in the annual Maroon-White game. Judging from history, neither player will have a great game statistically. However, don't let that change your judgment of either player's ability.

TSL Spring Game Tailgate Information

OK, Hokie Sports Fans...time once again for the VT Spring Game. The team has been busy throughout the winter in the weight room, has endured the dreaded 6 AM workouts, and is busy sharpening their skills in Spring practice. It is just about time for the annual Maroon and White Spring Game. The least we can do, as fans, is come out and cheer them on, and what better way to get in a cheering mood than to do a little tailgating!

The 2009 Edition of the Award Winning TSL Spring Game Tailgate Party. Your hosts this year will be Pops & Co., knucklejunction, hokiebred, HFNVA and F4EHokie. Russian Hokie will be our official photographer.

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We will be cooking about 125# of pork, and it will be first come, first served.

Tailgating begins at 10:00 AM. Look for the white tents and the Hokie flag in the east end of lot 2.

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Friday Q&A: April 24, 2009
April 24, 2009
Chris Coleman is today's guest on our weekly Friday Q&A. Today, he tackles questions about football and basketball, as well as football recruiting. Do the Hokies have a good shot to land a quality quarterback in the 2010 recruiting class? And who will join Jeff Allen in the starting lineup in Tech's frontcourt next season? Chris gives his thoughts on all of that, and more.

Henderson Drawing More Interest
April 24, 2009
Southeast Raleigh (Raleigh, N.C.) quarterback Gabe Henderson has enjoyed an active Evaluation period, but for now the 6-0, 180-pound junior waits to see what programs will come through with official offers. Henderson, who totaled 2,900 yards (2,300 passing and 600 rushing) and 38 touchdowns (27 passing, 11 rushing) as a junior, currently holds the one official offer from Kent State.

Five Questions: Cadarian Raines and Manny Atkins
April 23, 2009
TUCKER forward power (VA) Petersburg and Atkins Manny guard GA) Mountain, (Stone> Cadarian Raines enjoyed great success in 2008/2009, with each player leading his respective team to a state championship game. Atkins, a 6-6, 180-pound prospect, averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game, while the 6-8 1/2, 220-pound Raines averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per contest. These Virginia Tech recruits are the subjects of this latest "5 Questions" segment.

2009 Spring Game Preview
April 23, 2009
Virginia Tech's spring practice will culminate in the annual Maroon-White game on Saturday afternoon in Lane Stadium. The game doesn't mean much, because the starters are split up between the two teams, but it gives Tech fans their only chance to see the team in action before the actual season begins. It also provides the opportunity to get a look at some exciting new players, such as tailback Ryan Williams.

Under Armour All-American Makes Visits
April 23, 2009
6-2 1/2, 215-pound linebacker/defensive end prospect Dakota Royer has been an excellent player at Manheim Central High School (Manheim, PA), performing well on both sides of the ball last season as a junior. A recognized recruit nationally, Royer has been named to the Under Armour All-American game set for January of 2010.

Shuman is a Hokie
April 22, 2009
Mark Shuman had planned to wait until Saturday before telling Virginia Tech's coaches that he was accepting their scholarship offer, but, with the news of his decision already out, he decided to expedite things. Earlier this evening, Shuman, a 6-7, 285-pound offensive tackle prospect out of Fork Union Military Academy (VA), pledged to the Tech coaching staff.

2009 NFL Draft Preview
April 22, 2009
The 2009 NFL Draft is coming up this weekend, and this year's version will be pretty uneventful for Virginia Tech fans. Tech didn't have many seniors last season, so only two Hokies have a legitimate shot to have their names called, and only one of them will be in the early rounds.

Big-Time Prospect Reaches Decision
April 22, 2009
Fork Union Military Academy (VA) offensive tackle Mark Shuman, one of the state's top overall prospects in the 2010 class, has made a decision on his college future. The 6-7, 285-pound junior has decided to commit to Virginia Tech and he will do so this weekend.

Spring Practice Report: April 21, 2009
April 21, 2009
Another week down, and just one more week remaining. The backup quarterback position has been decided, and the Hokies have found some more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Bud Foster continues to look for depth along the defensive line, but time is running out this spring.

DeMatha Notes: VT has offered two
April 21, 2009
One of the top high school football programs in the East, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) is filled with talent on a yearly basis. With seven jumiors having already received at least one Division 1A offer, head coach Bill McGregor believes his rising senior class may be one of the most highly recruited groups in his accomplished tenure.

Clayton Named Hokies' Backup QB for Rest of Spring
April 20, 2009
Monday afternoon, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced that redshirt freshman Joseph "Ju-Ju" Clayton has won the backup quarterback job for the remainder of the spring. Marcus Davis will be moved to wide receiver for the last week of spring football, and Clayton and starting QB Tyrod Taylor will receive the large majority of QB snaps for the rest of the spring.

FUMA's Bodine Surprised by Latest Visit
April 20, 2009
One of the hottest recruits in the state of Virginia's 2010 class has been Fork Union Military Academy offensive lineman Russell Bodine, who just this month has landed official offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, California and Vanderbilt. The 6-4, 285-pound prospect, a potential center or offensive guard in college, visited one of those four new offers - UVa - on Saturday and came away surprised by the experience.

Davis Comments on Spring Game Visit
April 20, 2009
Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) offensive tackle Conner Davis will be able to more closely compare Virginia and Virginia Tech by next weekend. The 6-5, 270-pound junior attended the University of Virginia's Spring Game yesterday and he'll be in Blacksburg for Tech's Spring Game next Saturday.
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