2006 Virginia Tech Football Season Preview: Quarterbacks

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The biggest question of the offseason was: Who would earn the right to
replace Marcus Vick at quarterback? After spring practice, Sean Glennon was on top, with the competition slated to continue through August before a starter for the 2006 season was named. As it turned out, it wasn’t much of a competition, with Glennon extending his lead over the first few days of practice before being named the starter last Sunday.

Frank Beamer doesn’t like the two quarterback system. Nobody does. So Glennon
will probably be given ample time to settle into the position, unless of course
he has a stinker of a game at UNC early in the season. But if he were to be
replaced at some point by Holt or Whitaker, what could we expect from them? In
fact, what can we expect from Glennon?

Each quarterback brings a unique set of skills to the position. Let’s take a
closer look at those skills.

Glennon, 6-4, 221, r-So.

Glennon doesn’t have the world’s greatest arm, but it is very serviceable. He
isn’t a standout at any particular kind of pass, but he is very solid with all
of his throws. Early in the preseason he showed flashes that he has improved the
zip and accuracy on his deep ball. In last Saturday’s scrimmage, Glennon stuck
with the short to intermediate routes, for the most part throwing the ball
accurately and with good zip. He never let one go downfield, but that may have
been because the receivers were well covered.

Glennon knows the offense better than any other quarterback on the team. He
will set up the offense correctly and make the proper reads at the line of
scrimmage. You won’t see a lot of stupid plays from Glennon, such as trying to
force the ball into coverage. He’ll simply throw the ball out of bounds when no
receivers are open.

As far as Glennon’s athleticism, you may end up being surprised. He is
athletic enough to escape some pass