2009 Spring Football: Hokies Appear Loaded, but Questions Remain

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Another spring of football begins on Wednesday, and this spring is a bit different from last year. Heading into last season, the Hokies had a quarterback controversy, no wide receivers, new linebackers and no depth on the defensive line, not to mention question marks on the offensive line. Things look much better this year, but some situations still need to be addressed this spring.

As usual, Virginia Tech will have 14 practices, plus the annual Maroon-White spring game. I’m going to be paying close attention to seven different things over the next few weeks. At the conclusion of spring practice, we’ll take a look back and see what developed at each spot.

How Much Has Tyrod Taylor Developed?

Some Tech fans were disappointed with Tyrod Taylor’s 2008 season. He threw just two touchdown passes while tossing seven interceptions in 12 games. As a freshman in 2007, he had five touchdowns through the air, and threw just three interceptions. However, his completion percentage was up by 3.5%.

Taylor’s 2008 season was hindered by a few things. First and foremost, he was only a 19-year old true sophomore. As a quarterback, there is no substitute for experience. He never had the benefit of a redshirt. He was thrown into the fire from day one, and overall he’s done pretty well.

Besides his inexperience, he also had the misfortune of playing with three freshmen receivers, and an offensive line that doesn’t pass block particularly well (I’m being kind there). No blocking, no receivers and a lack of experience is not the formula for putting up big numbers in the passing game.

Taylor is now entering his third year in the program, and he’s got a lot of experience under his belt. His wide receivers are also more experienced. This is now Tyrod Taylor’s team. There is no quarterback competition. He will be getting all the reps with the first team offense, and he’ll have