Spring Practice Update

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Eight practices are in the books, and seven remain, including the spring
game. Less than two weeks of spring practice are left, and we are starting to
get an idea of how certain position battles are going to shake out. This week’s
spring practice report covers every position on the team. With one full
scrimmage and the spring game remaining, the depth chart is still subject to
change.

Virginia Tech’s offense has been playing well this spring. That all starts
with the offensive line and the quarterback. Tyrod Taylor has improved, he’s
gained confidence in his receivers, and the line is doing a good job with their
blocking. The improvements were obvious in last Friday’s scrimmage.

Quarterback

Tyrod
Taylor continues to look good at quarterback. His arm looks good, and he appears
to have command of the offense. My only issue is that he might not be getting
enough reps this spring. He got 20 snaps in Friday’s scrimmage, and I’d like to
see him get a little more work in.

The reason Taylor isn’t getting a lot of reps is because the coaching staff
is trying to determine their backup quarterback. Ju-Ju Clayton and Marcus Davis
remain locked in a battle, and neither player appears to be pulling ahead. They
both started slowly in Friday’s scrimmage, and then gradually got better.

After this weekend’s scrimmage, we could potentially see the coaching staff
name a #2 quarterback. At that point, Taylor and his top backup would get the
majority of the reps in practice, while the #3 quarterback’s time would be
limited.

Running Back

The
big news at running back is Ryan Williams’ big day on Friday. The r-freshman had
eight carries for 122 yards, including an 80 yard touchdown run on his first
carry of the scrimmage. He looked like the dominant runner that he was expected
to be coming out of high school, though most

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