Scrimmage Report: Williams Flashes Big Play Ability

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The Hokies held their first full scrimmage of the spring in Lane Stadium on Friday, and things went as expected. The first team offense handled the second team defense, while the starting defenders dominated the reserve offensive players. The young backup quarterbacks showed they have a ways to go, while Ryan Williams provided the big plays on offense that we’ve been hearing about for so long.

Williams had eight carries for 122 yards, including an 80 yard touchdown run on his first carry. He also had a 15 yard reception on a middle screen. Williams not only showed his ability to shake defenders and make big plays, but he also hit the holes and broke tackles. He didn’t run over anyone, but some guys did bounce off of him.

Josh Oglesby didn’t put up Williams’ numbers, but he ran the ball hard and well. He is looking good this spring, and it appears the Hokies have three quality running backs.

Tyrod Taylor looked sharp. He didn’t play very much because the coaching staff wants to take a hard look at Ju-Ju Clayton and Marcus Davis, but Taylor did hit Danny Coale for a 62 yard touchdown.

Clayton and Davis started the scrimmage slowly. Clayton threw an interception to Kam Chancellor early on, and both guys looked very uncomfortable. However, they settled down and did some good things later in the scrimmage. Clayton threw a 44 yard touchdown pass to true freshman receiver Tony Gregory. Gregory, who has blazing speed, slipped behind sophomore safety Lorenzo Williams, and Clayton threw a perfect pass.

Davis’ best play came on a 40 yard completion to Patrick Terry on a deep post. Overall, both Clayton and Davis are very raw. Davis passes the eye test, and I think he might be slightly ahead of Clayton at this point. However, it’s still early. Either way, Tyrod Taylor needs to stay healthy.

There is good news and bad news at defensive end. Steven Friday was injured on the first play of the scrimmage, and had a sling put on his arm. The extent of his injury isn’t known at this point. However, John Graves put up dominating numbers, finishing with five tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack. In my eyes, he was the defensive MVP of Friday’s scrimmage.

Barquell Rivers and Jake Johnson seemed to do fine, but Bruce Taylor stood out