Scrimmage Report: Quarterbacks Play Well, Boone Impresses

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The Hokies completed scrimmage #2 on Saturday afternoon. The passing game was much sharper today, and the starting offensive line continued to show their vast improvement. Naturally, Bud Foster’s defense showed up as well. Overall it was a very balanced scrimmage, with both the offense and defense looking good.

First off, both quarterbacks looked sharp. Neither guy threw anything close to an interception. They both progressed through their reads nicely and made good throws. Both quarterbacks did a good job of sliding and creating passing windows to complete passes.

Tyrod Taylor sure looks a lot more polished this year than last year. He’s going through his reads well, and he seems like he’s made a lot of progress, even since spring practice. He looks much more comfortable in the system. He was very sharp today.

Glennon probably didn’t throw for as many yards as Taylor, but he made the right reads, threw the ball accurately and completed a pretty high percentage of his passes, or so it seemed. He continues to impress me with the way he throws the out pattern. He completed one to Luckett today with a man right in his face. It was a perfectly thrown ball, placed where only Luckett could extend his hands and catch it with his fingertips.

There is a reason that we can tell both quarterbacks played well, and did a good job of going through their progressions. For the first time in their careers, they have actually had time to go through all of their progressions. The starting offensive line appears to be much improved in pass protection. I’m not saying they are going to be the 2001 Miami offensive line, but they aren’t going to finish near the bottom in pass protection either.

The wide receivers were a lot more productive today than on Tuesday. In particular, Xavier Boyce impressed me. He caught three or four passes, and on more than one occasion he broke the first tackle and did something after the catch. Jarrett Boykin also looked good. Dyrell Roberts might be slightly behind those guys as a receiver, but he had a big kickoff return of about 50 yards.

I’d have to say that the go-to guy today was Ike Whitaker. He has improved just as much as Tech’s offensive line. In the spring, I never