Spring Practice Review: Some Questions Answered, Some Questions Remain

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When spring practice began nearly a month ago, we ran an article that asked seven questions that would be need to be answered during the month of April. With the Spring Game behind us, it’s time to revisit those questions. Some have been answered positively, while others will remain question marks until the season begins.

How Much has Tyrod Taylor Developed?

Tyrod Taylor is entering his third year in the program, and for the first time since his arrival, there is no quarterback controversy. The starting quarterback position is his, and no one can take it from him. Naturally, expectations are raised as well.

Taylor has always been a good thrower and a great runner. Like most young quarterbacks however, particularly those who never took a redshirt year, he hasn’t been as advanced in the passing game. An all-freshmen wide receiving corps during the 2008 season certainly didn’t help his advancement.

Taylor appears to have taken a step forward in the passing game this spring. He is a better thrower from the pocket, his release is quick, and he looks in command. He threw five touchdown passes and no interceptions during spring scrimmages, including the Spring Game. He is making good decisions.

He had a very good spring, and he was in the yellow jersey the entire time. That takes away from his natural playmaking ability. That yellow jersey won’t be on in games this season, so we won’t get our first complete look at the new Tyrod Taylor until the Hokies take on Alabama on September 5.

How Good are the new Linebackers?

Barquell Rivers takes over at mike, while Jake Johnson is the new starting backer. Johnson is only a true sophomore, while Rivers is the veteran of the group. He is a r-sophomore with one career start.

The linebackers progressed nicely throughout the spring, and though they didn’t stand out as playmakers,