Scrimmage Report: Clayton Takes a Step Forward

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In the final full scrimmage before the Spring Game, the Virginia Tech offense made big plays, while Ju-Ju Clayton took a step forward in his quest to become Tech’s backup quarterback. The Hokies also suffered injuries on both sides of the ball.

Starting right guard Jaymes Brooks suffered an ankle sprain, was carted off the field, and reappeared later on crutches. With just four practices remaining, including the Spring Game, Brooks has likely seen his last action until practice opens in August. Defensive tackle Courtney Prince, a r-freshman, also suffered an ankle injury. Whip linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, also a r-freshman, injured his right ankle and knee. The extent of their injuries isn’t known at this point.

Ju-Ju Clayton enjoyed his best day in a Tech uniform. After throwing an incompletion on his first attempt, Clayton settled down to finish 7-of-9 for 70 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had 34 rushing yards. Clayton looked much more comfortable in Saturday’s scrimmage than he did in last Friday’s.

Clayton appears to be a savvy quarterback who does a good job keeping his head up when under pressure. At one point in the scrimmage, he escaped pressure, kept his head up, and lobbed a pass over the defense to Sam Wheeler. It was a perfectly thrown pass, and it was a play Virginia Tech needs from their quarterbacks to be successful offensively. Clayton’s first touchdown pass of the day was an 12-yard fade to Dyrell Roberts against the first string defense.

Marcus Davis made a big play with a 62-yard touchdown run against the second string defense. However, he still needs a lot of work in the passing game. He wasn’t able to throw during the fall because of shoulder surgery, and it shows. His passes to the flat don’t have much zip, and his head is spinning at times. Clayton appears to have the backup quarterback spot firmly under control at this point.

However, Davis is an excellent athlete, as he showed on his long touchdown run. He has good straight ahead speed, and he changes directions well for a player his size. There is a good chance he’ll be a wide receiver this fall.

Xavier Boyce played well, catching two passes from Tyrod Taylor. Jarrett Boykin is limited with an ankle injury, which has opened the door for some other receivers to step up.