2008 Hokie Football Season Preview: Quarterbacks

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Those of us who have the pleasure of covering Virginia Tech football for a living have gotten this question a lot recently, whether it’s from somebody at the local sports bar, or a radio show host. Who is going to be the starting quarterback this year? My answer is always the same. Sean Glennon will start against East Carolina, but Tyrod Taylor will see a lot of action in that game as well. After that, all bets are off.

There are only two players to talk about in this preview, so there’s no need to post a depth chart. Let’s get straight to the discussion.

Sean Glennon, 6-4, 224, r-Sr.

Sean Glennon is the experienced senior. He is in his fifth year in the program, and he knows Virginia Tech’s offense inside out. He started every game in 2006, and most of 2007. Last year he completed a high percentage of his passes, 60.9%, showing improved accuracy. He threw for 12 touchdowns and five interceptions, an impressive ratio.

Glennon threw an interception in the second game of the season against LSU, and did not throw another one until the ACC Championship Game in December. He didn’t play in some of those games because Tyrod Taylor was elevated to the starting position for awhile, but Glennon played against Duke, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami and Virginia without throwing an interception.

For his career, he has passed for 4,124 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He currently stands seventh in Virginia Tech history in passing yardage, and he is less than 300 yards away from passing Steve Casey and Jim Druckenmiller and moving into the top 5.

If Glennon earns the starting job this season, he will be Virginia Tech’s first r-senior quarterback to start for three years since Maurice DeShazo. He’ll be the first r-senior quarterback to start at all since Al Clark in 1998, unless you count two starts at the beginning of 2002 by Grant Noel.

Glennon has a quality record as a starter, and quality career stats. He played very well down the stretch last season. He knows he’s in a battle