Scrimmage Report: Glennon Impresses at QB, Martin Emerges at Whip

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Good play from the #1 offense and #1 defense highlighted Saturday afternoon’s scrimmage in Lane Stadium. Sean Glennon had a very good performance in front of a big crowd that took up a good portion of the West Stands, and Cam Martin was a standout on the defensive side of the ball.

On the first play of the scrimmage, Sean Glennon threw a deep post to wide receiver Josh Morgan. Glennon hit him in stride for a touchdown from approximately 68 yards out. He hit his first four passes of the day, and finished 6-of-10 for 117 yards and a touchdown. One of his incompletions was a drop. He had two receivers open on the long pass to Morgan, the other being tight end Sam Wheeler, but he waited for Morgan to get by cornerback Stephan Virgil, and then made the throw for the touchdown.

Overall, Glennon put on a good performance. It should help his confidence very much. It was also important for him to play well in front of the crowd, many of whom probably showed up with doubts that he should be the starting quarterback. But Glennon was easily the best quarterback on the field on Saturday.

His backup, Ike Whitaker, did not fare as well. Whitaker is having serious technique problems when throwing the ball at times. He doesn’t always get himself set, which results in him floating passes at times, even short passes. Two or three of his passes could have easily been intercepted today because they stayed in the air so long, allowing defenders to recover and make a play. This has been a problem for Whitaker since high school.

Cory Holt and Tyrod Taylor were more sharp than Whitaker throwing the ball. Holt was 3-of-4 for 37 yards. Taylor was 3-of-6 for 21 yards. He had two passes dropped, and possibly could have completed a fade to the corner of the end zone, but the receiver stopped running. Whitaker was 4-of-11 for 23 yards. He threw one touchdown pass in a goal line situation.

There were a couple of instances where Sean Glennon used his feet to make, or almost make, plays in the passing game. At one point, he showed excellent awareness in the pocket, moving away from pressure and finding Eddie Royal across the middle for a nice gain.

The incomplete pass was probably