Football Update: Players Jockey for Playing Time

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Virginia Tech conducted their first scrimmage of the season this past
Saturday in Lane Stadium, and as expected, the depth chart has changed. Some
players moved up, some moved down, and it looks like an unheralded true freshman
could work his way into the two-deep.

Quarterback

Sean Glennon got less than one series at quarterback on Saturday, so his day
was uneventful. Ike Whitaker split time at quarterback and wide receiver, Cory
Holt got plenty of work, and Tyrod Taylor was thrown into the fire as well.

Holt did nothing to gain ground on Whitaker. He didn’t perform poorly, but he
certainly didn’t stand out either. Whitaker looked sharp in the short to
intermediate passing game, although his deep ball appeared to be lacking. Tyrod
Taylor did about as well as a true freshman quarterback can do, and he wowed the
crowd with his feet at times.

Glennon will probably get more reps during this Saturday’s scrimmage. In
fact, everybody on the two-deep should get more reps than they did a week ago.

Running Backs

Branden Ore is back atop the depth chart. He was very impressive running the
football in Saturday’s scrimmage, and he showed why he’s one of the top backs in
the conference. Kenny Lewis, Jr. got just one carry. Most of the work went to
young players like Darren Evans and Josh Oglesby. Expect both of those guys to
redshirt, although they both look good, especially Evans.

There isn’t as much competition for that backup spot as everyone originally
thought. Kenny Lewis, Jr. appears to have it locked up. The only question that
remains is whether or not Jahre Cheeseman does enough throughout the rest of
August to take his place at #3 on the depth chart.

Ore, Lewis and Cheeseman should get plenty of work this Saturday,
particularly the latter two.

Wide Receiver

Josh Morgan and Justin Harper continue to be tied atop the depth chart at
wide receiver. Morgan had a good scrimmage on Saturday, while Harper was
completely quiet, but in yesterday’s practice, Harper caught a deep ball from
Sean Glennon and took it to the house. It’s a day-by-day thing between those
guys,

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