Practice Report: The Hype Continues

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We would like to cut back on the hype, because there’s been plenty of it already, but reports out of Virginia Tech’s
football practices continue to be too positive to dampen your enthusiasm. "Once again, a very good practice
today," one of our insiders reports. "I’ve never seen a VT team put together a string of this many practices
to open the season. It appears the team has good leadership and they are staying focused."

In addition to heaping praise on the 7th-ranked Hokies, practice observers have noted some interesting moves on the
depth chart which may or may not be simple experimentation. And while freshman rarely have much of an impact on a
season, our observers have their usual fall fascination with the 18-year-olds. In this case, it’s warranted, because at
least one of them (Macho Harris) will play a key role this fall, and others (Sergio Render and William Wall) might.

Here’s the rundown on what we’re hearing.

Throwing and Catching: One of the pieces of news coming out of Blacksburg that has drawn the interest of the fans
is the fact that there’s still a battle for the #2 quarterback spot. Cory Holt has been slowed by injuries in his short
Tech career, and Sean Glennon won the backup job and got some playing time last year. But yet Coach Beamer has said that
they’re "battling it out" for #2 this fall. Why isn’t Glennon clearly ahead?

"Cory Holt threw the ball very well today," we were told. "His arm is much better than Glennon’s in
every phase. Stronger, more accurate, better touch. I really hope he can pick up the offense effectively, because he has
the physical tools to be a very special player."

So don’t punch Glennon’s ticket so quickly, or Ike Whitaker’s for that matter, or Greg Boone’s. Holt’s not done.

As for the guys who catch the ball, we got a report that includes an amusing image, if you use your imagination.
"Duane Brown is just a mismatch. At one point, he was going up against Cary Wade, who had man coverage. Brown ran
the seam route up the middle, and