Spring Practice Report: April 21, 2009

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Another week down, and just one more week remaining. The backup quarterback
position has been decided, and the Hokies have found some more playmakers on the
offensive side of the ball. Bud Foster continues to look for depth along the
defensive line, but time is running out this spring.


As expected, r-freshman Joseph “Ju-Ju” Clayton was named Virginia
Tech’s #2 quarterback on Monday, beating out fellow r-freshman Marcus Davis.
Davis has moved to split end, where he will work for the remainder of the
spring. It’s possible that he could get another shot at quarterback in August,
but at this point it appears unlikely.

Clayton had a good scrimmage on Saturday, completing 7-of-9 attempts for 70
yards and two touchdowns, including a touchdown pass to Dyrell Roberts against
the first string defense. He also flashed the ability to run, though he’s not as
fast as other quarterbacks the Hokies have had in the past.

With the Davis move, the Hokies have just two scholarship quarterbacks. That
means we’ll see Tyrod Taylor vs. Ju-Ju Clayton during the Spring Game on

Running Back

Ryan Williams continues to show explosiveness, with another good performance
in Saturday’s scrimmage. He had seven carries for 45 yards, bring his spring
total to 15 carries for 167 yards in the two full scrimmages. Even if you take
out the 80 yard touchdown run, that’s still 14 carries for 87 yards (6.2 ypc).

Williams’ best attribute is his explosiveness. He hits the hole very quickly,
and is into the secondary before Tech’s backup linebackers have a chance to
react. Williams is getting the majority of his work with the first team offense,
which means his carries are coming against backups. Still, it’s not difficult to
spot pure talent when you see it.

Josh Oglesby is playing well also, but it’s going to be very hard for him to
take away carries from the proven Darren Evans and the very talented Williams.
Zac Evans, a