Friday Q&A: June 19, 2009

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In this week’s Friday Q&A, we have the trifecta. Raleigh Hokie, Chris
Horne and Chris Coleman all stop by to answer questions about Tech football.
Opposing quarterbacks and Bryan Stinespring are both part of this week’s
conversation.

We need more questions for future versions of the Friday Q&A. If
you’ve got a question you’d like to have answered, send it to [email protected].

1) Who is the scarier matchup for VT? Russell Wilson in Lane, or 6th-year senior Patrick Pinkey in Greenville?

Raleigh Hokie: That is a good question! Both will have the
defensive coaches working extra long hours during game week preparation, but I’d
say Pinkney is the scariest QB match-up that the defense will face all
season. Dealing with a talented, confident and experienced sixth-year
senior QB on the road on a Thursday night will be a real challenge for
sure. A guy with that much maturity and experience is just what a team
needs to stay grounded for what may turn out to be a showcase game for the ECU
program. He’s also had success against the Tech defense, so he will not be
intimidated at all. And that confidence will rub off on his fellow
teammates.

For me, Wilson comes in a very close second. I think he has more raw
talent than Pinkney and he has shown the ability to carry the State offense when
other aspects struggle. He will be super motivated against the Hokies
because he is from the state of Virginia and he was not recruited by Tech (that
honor went to Tyrod Taylor). He will be tough to contain. He isn’t
quite as dynamic as Taylor, but his playmaking skills are in the same ball
park. But playing on the road at Lane Stadium is a tough situation for any
QB. Pinkney gets the big home field advantage while Wilson has to deal
with the adversity and decibel level of Lane Stadium. That’s a big
factor for me when comparing the two games. Plus Wilson is likely to be
sharing snaps with Mike Glennon – another state of Virginia QB that will be
highly motivated to play well against the Hokies. He had a superb spring
for the Wolfpack and he is better suited to run the style of offense preferred
by Tom O’Brien and Dana Bible. Wilson is the reigning all-ACC QB and is
the clear starter, but Glennon will play, it’s only a question of how much.

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