2008 Fall Practice Report: Week 1

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We’re only one week into practice, but already a few position battles are
starting to clear up. The Hokies look to have five receivers who will
contribute, and offensive line depth is starting to shape up nicely. On the
defensive side of the ball, the biggest question is still defensive tackle
depth. More questions will be answered during Tech’s first full scrimmage on Tuesday.

With a week’s worth of information to report, here are the major happenings
at each position.

Quarterbacks

There isn’t anything new at quarterback. The Tech coaching staff continues to
say that Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor are dead even, and not a lot of details
about them are coming out of practice.

It looks more and more like both Glennon and Taylor will play this year. The
staff might also want to get a little deeper into the preseason to get a better
look at what the rest of the offense will look like before making a decision.

Running Backs

The running back situation hasn’t cleared up after a week of practice.
However, unlike last season, it’s not because the Hokies are struggling to find
backs. This year it’s because they have more than they need. Tech has five
running backs in competition for playing time this year, and they all look
capable of getting it done.

Jahre Cheeseman and Kenny Lewis, Jr. are sitting atop the depth chart at this
point, with Darren Evans and Josh Oglesby behind them. At the bottom is true
freshman Ryan Williams, though he probably won’t stay there for long.

Normally Billy Hite likes to use two tailbacks, but so far this year the talk
has been about finding three tailbacks. They have all been running well enough
to earn playing time. For the younger guys, specifically Williams, it could be a
matter of how quickly they can pick up their blocking assignments.

We’ll have a better idea about the running back position following Tuesday’s
scrimmage.

Wide Receivers

Wide
receiver is one position that is starting to clear up a bit.

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