Scrimmage Report: Offensive Line Makes Some Progress, Taylor Shows Flashes

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The Hokies completed their third and final scrimmage of the preseason on Friday afternoon in Lane Stadium. Tech played two 12 minute quarters, and also worked on the two minute drill. They will begin preparation for East Carolina on Monday.

The second team offensive line performed well today, which is a good sign. I thought that relatively speaking, they played better than the starting line, considering they had to face the #1 defense for most of the afternoon. They didn’t play great, but it was a big improvement from the last two scrimmages. Solid performance overall for those guys.

There still appears to be no clear cut leader at the left guard position. Matt Welsh was in there on the first possession, but he and Brandon Holland alternated possessions with the #1 offensive line for the remainder of the scrimmage. Branden Ore looked good running the ball behind this group.

The biggest hit of the scrimmage was served up by Sergio Render. On a screen pass to the left, the sophomore right guard nailed true freshman defensive lineman Justin Young, which drew a big ovation from the crowd. Render is just nasty, and he’ll probably be Tech’s best lineman this year. Left tackle Duane Brown played better today as well. Overall, I thought both offensive line units improved on last Saturday’s scrimmage.

Sean Glennon definitely didn’t have his sharpest day throwing the football. He was a little off on some of his throws. The one that stands out to me was while running the two minute offense. He rolled to his right and had a receiver wide open approximately five yards down field next to the sideline. Instead of hitting him in the chest so he could step out of bounds and stop the clock, Glennon’s pass was low and the receiver had to go down to his knees to catch it, so the clock kept running when it needed to be stopped.

He also threw an interception against the first team defense. Pressure got to him quickly on the zone blitz, and he fired it over the middle to Josh Morgan on a slant. Glennon didn’t see Barry Booker, who had dropped back into zone coverage