2008 Spring Football Preview: The Offensive Backfield

Virginia Tech will open spring practice on Wednesday, March 26, and there are
a number of question marks that must be answered on both sides of the ball, not
the least of which are in the offensive backfield. The Hokies enter the spring
with two good quarterbacks, but no clear starter, depth issues at tailback and
not much experience at fullback. We should see quite a battle for playing time
at all three positions.

Here’s the pre-spring depth chart, the way TSL sees it.


2008 Pre-Spring Offensive
Backfield Depth Chart

Quarterback

Tailback

Fullback

Sean Glennon (r-Sr.)

Branden Ore (r-Sr.)

Kenny Younger (Jr.)

Tyrod Taylor (So.)

Kenny Lewis (Jr.)

Kenny Jefferson (r-Jr.)

Cory Holt (r-Sr.)

Jahre Cheeseman (r-Jr.)

Devin Perez (r-Sr.)

Josh Oglesby (r-Fr.)

Darren Evans (r-Fr.)

Dustin Pickle (Sr.)

Quarterback

Virginia
Tech ended the 2007 season with two effective quarterbacks. Sean Glennon
improved by leaps and bounds from his 2006 campaign and was named ACC
Championship Game MVP. Tyrod Taylor was one of the top freshman quarterbacks in
the nation, and at times made very good defenses such as Florida State look
silly.

Glennon completed 60.9% of his passes for 1,796 yards. He threw 12 touchdowns
and just five interceptions. He finished 31st nationally and second in the ACC
with a pass efficiency rating of 137.6.

Glennon improved across the board in 2007. His pocket awareness was much
better, he got rid of the ball sooner, he was more accurate, and in the second
half of the season, he was much more in tune with his wide receivers. On most
teams, an effective r-senior entering his third year as a starter would be ready
to have a great season. But will Glennon get that chance?

His competition is sophomore Tyrod Taylor, who had a good year for a
freshman, completing 53.7% of his passes for 927 yards, and throwing five
touchdowns and three interceptions. A multi-talented athlete, Taylor also ran
for 429 yards and six touchdowns, both marks second on the team.

Taylor is known for his legs, but as impressive as they are, his best
attributes are his head and his arm. In 134 pass attempts last year, he threw
just three interceptions. He makes good decisions. He picked up Virginia Tech’s
offense very quickly. He can make any throw on the field. His deep ball is a
thing of beauty, and he can even make the throw across his body while on the
move.

The only

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