Scrimmage Report: Backups See Some Action

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Most of the backups played today. There were some starters who saw a lot of action, but most of them spent most of the scrimmage just standing around. Thus, this will be a fairly short recap, but there were some interesting things to note.

The most exciting play of the day was turned in by Eddie Royal and Sean Glennon. Glennon threw a screen to Royal, who cut back across the field. Glennon was out ahead of Royal and he threw an absolutely devastating crackback block on Kent Hicks. That sent the players and everyone else into a frenzy. It was a great play by both Royal and Glennon. But I doubt Kent Hicks will ever live it down!

Hicks, who is playing boundary corner now for those who didn’t know, then got beat for a TD when he was sitting back in three deep coverage. A tough scrimmage for Kent.

True freshman Devin Radford, who was moved to tailback recently, finally got some carries. He looks like he can be an excellent open field runner. He made Jahre Cheeseman look stupid on one play, and Cheeseman is perhaps the 2nd best tackler of all the cornerbacks. Radford isn’t difficult to bring down, but he looks like Mike Imoh with a lot more shiftiness and speed. At least he did on a couple of plays.

The offensive line played pretty well, but like I said, it was mostly backups. The defense was using three freshmen and Chris Burnette up front at times. I don’t think Powell, Robertson or Booker played a down. Hivera Green broke through for a nice sack, and that was good to see.

Glennon and Cory Holt were solid for the most part. I think if VT were to play a game tomorrow, Glennon would get the nod. Ike Whitaker really didn’t do much today, and right now the battle still looks like a two-horse race. But Ike could easily be in there by August.

The receivers, namely Eddie Royal and Josh Morgan, played very well. That’s pretty much it. With most of the starters not playing very much, it was a pretty uneventful scrimmage.

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