Spring Football 2005: Vick on Track

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In December of 2003, in an article titled “The State of the Program: The
Offense,” I made the recommendation that Marcus Vick be installed as the
starter at quarterback for VT, over rising senior Bryan Randall. Events
transpired that showed that to be the wrong recommendation at the time. Vick
missed the 2004 season, and Randall developed into a complete leader, both on
the field and off. Sixteen months later after writing that article, we’ve come
full circle, and Marcus Vick appears to be on the fast track to the starting QB
job in the fall of 2005.

is currently listed #3 on the depth chart, where he has resided since the
opening of spring practice, but observers of the program are universally drawing
the conclusion that Vick’s third-place spot is largely ceremonial.

“I don’t know when they will make an actual change, but there’s no
question about the number one quarterback. It’s not even close,” one source
told us. “Marcus is a guy who has played a good bit and probably would have
played a good bit more had he been around last year. Glennon, who I still think
will be good, is playing like a guy still pretty new to the system. But if
Glennon plays over a healthy Marcus, someone’s been drinking.”

Another source said after Monday’s practice, “Glennon was the clear
number two QB [Monday]. Vick by far was better in practice. Glennon just seems
like he’s looking behind his back now. His passes were low and off-target.
Glennon did show a few flashes, but he was the CLEAR number two [behind Vick].
Vick was right on the money all day.”

Cory Holt, meanwhile, has shown progress but still falls prey to passes that
make you wince, a feeling supported by comments made by QB Coach Kevin Rogers
yesterday on BeamerBall.com, when Rogers spoke of Holt needing to improve his
consistency. A source told us, “They like Holt’s progress, though I still
think he’s wild on throws.”

Frank Beamer said on Roanoke’s Channel 10 Monday night that the remainder of
spring practice, which