2007 Spring Football Preview: The Offensive Backfield

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fans will have their eye on the offensive backfield this spring, and there are a
few storylines to follow. How will Sean Glennon perform with a year under his
belt? Will Ike Whitaker challenge him for the starting job? Who will back up
Branden Ore at tailback? The answers to those questions, as well as how well the
offensive line progresses, will determine how far Virginia Tech can go in 2007.

No matter how the depth chart shakes out following spring practice, the
Hokies will be better and deeper at these positions than they were last year.
Sean Glennon is now an experienced quarterback who should get better. If Ike
Whitaker can challenge him for the job, then the Hokies will have two starting
caliber ACC quarterbacks, which is never a bad thing.

At tailback, there are a lot of bodies, but only one proven player. Somebody
needs to separate himself from the pack and become Branden Ore’s fulltime
backup. That battle could drag on until the fall, but it could also be settled
this spring.


Sean Glennon, 6-4, 221, r-Jr.

As a first year starter at quarterback for the Hokies, Sean Glennon endured
an up and down 2006 season. He had some really good moments (14-of-21 for 252
yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers against Wake Forest) and some notoriously
bad ones (four turnovers in the second half in the Chick-fil-A Bowl). Tasked
with not losing games, he did a solid job of that up until the bowl game against

Glennon enters spring practice as the starting quarterback, but he’ll still
have to perform well this spring. So far he’s off to a good start in the 6
a.m. conditioning program. Glennon was one of just six players to earn a T-shirt
every day for great effort during the early morning workouts. He’s dedicated
and willing to put in the work to improve.

Glennon is a tall pocket passer with an above average arm. It’s not bionic,
but it’s not