Scrimmage Report: Defensive Backs Impress

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Just when you wondered if the Hokie offense was ever going to get a chance to show its stuff, the word out of Wednesday’s scrimmage in Lane Stadium is that the offensive line finally gave the quarterbacks time to work, and all four QBs stepped up and had good days. We’ve got good news on the offense and more in this scrimmage report.

For the second consecutive scrimmage, the offensive line performed pretty well. The quarterbacks had time to throw the ball, for the most part. The yellow jerseys were still on the quarterbacks, but they were allowed to be hit. Thank goodness they had time to throw, which will allow Mike O’Cain to make a proper evaluation.

The thing that stood out to me was their decision making. Despite the contact, they didn’t try to force many passes. They did a good job of avoiding pressure and throwing the ball out of bounds. Greg Boone threw an interception to Robert Parker, but it was on a deep ball about 30 yards downfield. Overall I was very pleased with the decision making today.

I was particularly impressed with Sean Glennon and Ike Whitaker. First of all, Sean Glennon is not a slug. Far from it. He has a knack for sensing pressure and scrambling away from it. He doesn’t have bad speed at all. He threw the ball well and showed a good command for the offense. Once he avoided a Xavier Adibi pass rush and completed a pass up the middle for a big gain. In a regular scrimmage, the play would have been blown dead.

Whitaker just has something to him. I can’t find a word for it, but he carries himself very well on the field. He is a very confident player. He can also really run. He displayed great quickness and agility on several runs. He had Ed Wang on a corner route for a TD, but Wang appeared to try another one-handed catch and dropped the ball. But I didn’t have a very good angle on that one, so I’m not sure. Right now, Whitaker isn’t as good a thrower as Glennon or Holt, but he does appear to be getting better. I think he’ll make this a three horse race before it’s all said and done.

It looks like Macho Harris is taking over the starting cornerback position opposite Brandon Flowers. Macho looked very good today. He had tight coverage, was solid in run support and broke up a couple of passes. He’s a natural corner. The defensive backs are very good. When Roland Minor, a returning starter, is your third corner,