Hokies Have Holes to Fill, Questions to Answer for 2006

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Virginia Tech lost a lot of talented players off a team that had the
third-highest final ranking in school history. It will be tough to replace
players such as Jonathan Lewis, Darryl Tapp, Jimmy Williams and Marcus Vick, but
the Hokies have recruited well on paper in the last few years, and many young,
unproven players are going to have an opportunity to step up.

Just like any other offseason, there are many questions to be answered.
Players will change positions, there will likely be injuries, and previously
unknown players will step up and play well. The main question is what players
will step up, and will anyone step up at the main positions of need?


Obviously, losing First Team All-ACC quarterback Marcus Vick will hurt. Vick
was a very talented player, and the Hokies will have to break in a new
quarterback, as well as a new quarterbacks coach. Virginia Tech does not lack
talent at the quarterback position, just experience.

Sean Glennon will likely head into the spring as the #1 quarterback, but the
position will be wide open. Glennon will be a r-sophomore, as will Cory Holt.
Holt, whose development has been slowed by injuries, possesses the physical
tools to be a great quarterback, while Glennon has been more cerebral thus far
in his career. Both quarterbacks will be given an opportunity to win the job.

The wildcards are r-freshmen Ike Whitaker and Greg Boone. Whitaker stands a
better chance to win the job than Boone, who came into practice overweight and
injured last August. Whitaker was a four star recruit out of high school, and he
brings speed and a good arm to the position. If he can pick up the offense in
the spring, he could challenge for the job as well.

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