2008 Fall Practice Report: Week 2

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Two scrimmages have taken place since last Monday’s update. Performances in
those scrimmages are starting to clear some positions up, while a DUI in
downtown Blacksburg means more playing time for the freshmen at a critical
offensive position. One scrimmage remains, and there is still time for players
to make a push, but for the most part the two-deep is pretty much set.

Quarterback

In the two scrimmages, Tyrod Taylor is a combined 16-of-24 for 121 yards.
Sean Glennon is 17-of-26 for 112 yards. The coaching staff says the two
quarterbacks are dead even right now, and the stats indicate the same thing —
not that stats from scrimmages mean a whole lot.

So far, both quarterbacks have been in yellow jerseys in the scrimmages. It
will be interesting to see if the yellow jerseys come off during this Friday’s
scrimmage, to give one guy a chance to separate himself from the other.

Running Backs

This is one position that no one is jumping up and grabbing. I’m pretty
confident that Kenny Lewis will be the starter on August 30, and Jahre Cheeseman
will get equal playing time. I think Josh Oglesby deserves time as well, as he’s
out-rushed every other back in preseason scrimmages, and he’s blocking very
well.

Where do Darren Evans and Ryan Williams fit it? Billy Hite says Evans is back
in the mix. We’ll see. Ryan Williams made a lot of progress from the first
scrimmage to the second scrimmage. It sounds like he’s definitely going to play,
though he probably won’t make a big contribution at the beginning of the season.

With five running backs who have a chance to carry the rock, what’s going to
happen? I doubt even Billy Hite knows. I’d like to see Darren Evans at fullback
at some point. Tech’s three fullbacks are juniors and seniors, and there are no
more in the pipeline. Evans is the most fullback-like of all the tailbacks. I
can really see him filling a Marcus Parker type role for the Hokies, a guy who
can moonlight at either backfield position.

Something like that

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