Friday Q&A: May 29, 2009

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In this week’s Friday Q&A, Raleigh Hokie talks about Marcus Davis playing
quarterback in the Wild Turkey offense. He also talks about audibles and
changing plays at the line of scrimmage. Finally, he discusses what we can
expect from Cam Martin during his senior season.

1) If Greg Boone gets hurt, wouldn’t Marcus Davis be the perfect match for
the Wild Turkey offense, even moreso than Boone or Logan Thomas?

Raleigh Hokie: In the Q&A last week, I inadvertently overlooked
Marcus Davis when discussing options for the Wild Turkey offense should Greg
Boone get injured. Davis would be the logical next choice to step into
that role. Assuming Greg Boone stays healthy, it’s doubtful Davis will get
a lot of practice in the role because he needs to maximize his work at wide
receiver. He has a chance to be a big contributor at split end, but he
only spent three days at the position during the spring. He needs to get
as many reps out there as possible in fall camp.

And the coaches want to give him another look at quarterback to see if his arm
strength improved over the summer. Getting reps at wide receiver and
quarterback in the regular offense, and quarterback in the Wild Turkey offense
is a lot and his practice time could get stretched too thin if not carefully
managed. In my opinion, the first priority will be to accelerate his
development as a split end and then work the rest of the stuff in as a secondary
priority. Of course, all of that will change in real time should injuries
occur elsewhere. If Boone were to get hurt, then Davis would get more and
more reps at leading the Wild Turkey offense, assuming the coaches want to keep
it in the game plans. With that type of injury, they could easily decide
to table it and focus strictly on the conventional offense with Tyrod Taylor at
quarterback. They may choose to do that anyway, injury or not.

2) What do you expect from the oft-injured Cam Martin during his senior
season? Does he have a chance to make the NFL?

Raleigh Hokie: I expect to see Cam Martin in the same role as last year –
splitting snaps with Cody Grimm at Whip LB to give the Tech defense