2009 Preseason Practice Report: Smooth Sailing, So Far

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The Virginia Tech football team will practice in full pads for the first time
this afternoon, but there is already plenty of information flowing out of
Blacksburg. Some comes from the newspapers, and some comes from our sources.
We’ll summarize it all in our first preseason practice report of the 2009
season.

Now is not the time to make bold claims about anyone on the team, especially
considering Tech hasn’t even had a scrimmage yet. However, most of the things
we’ve been hearing so far has been very positive.

Quarterback

The big news at quarterback is that Logan Thomas is beginning his college
career under center, rather than at wide receiver or tight end. Early word out
of practice is that Thomas has a very strong arm. He can throw the ball a long
way and stretch the field.

However, he’s still very raw. The offense he ran in high school was run out
of the shotgun, and he has to take snaps from under center at Tech. He has to
learn new footwork, and how to read a defense while dropping back. It’s much
different than playing the position out of the shotgun. The talent is there,
however, and Thomas is a bright guy, so it’s very possible that he’ll stick at
quarterback.

At this point, Mike O’Cain doesn’t believe he has a backup quarterback that
is capable of winning a football game. It’s still not known whether Thomas can
challenge Ju-Ju Clayton for the #2 spot on the depth chart. We’ll know more
after the pads go on, and they get some scrimmage work under their belts.

Sources tell us that Tyrod Taylor has continued the improvement that he
showed in the spring. He is very much in command of the huddle, and he’s the
leader of the offense. For the first time in his career, he has no competition.
He can relax and let the game come to him, and he should benefit from that as he
enters his third season.

Running

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