2009 Preseason Practice Report: Tech Establishing Depth at Key Positions

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Another week of practice is in the books, and except for the injury to Darren Evans, things are going smoothly for the Hokies. There are still a few spots on the depth chart that are up for grabs, but some other questions are starting to be answered.

At this time every August, the Tech coaching staff begins to set the two-deep in stone, and the first and second units will begin getting more action in the scrimmages. Expect Tyrod Taylor and the #1 offense to get more reps in this Saturday’s scrimmage than they did last week, and the same goes for the #1 defense as well.

At some positions there is more news than at others, but here’s a quick recap of each position after another week of practice.


Ju-Ju Clayton and Logan Thomas continue to be locked in a battle for the #2 quarterback position. Thomas came out of the gates quickly and was elevated to a tie for #2 with Clayton, who had one bad mental practice last week. That change seems to have motivated Clayton, who has been improved in recent practices. This is another example of competition making everyone better.

Both Clayton and Thomas performed pretty well during Saturday’s scrimmage, and they will participate in another mini-scrimmage on Wednesday. The coaching staff hopes to name a #2 quarterback before this Saturday’s scrimmage. At that point they can start getting the top two quarterbacks more reps in an effort to get ready for the season.

Ju-Ju Clayton, a r-freshman, has the advantage of having a year in the system. However, true freshman Logan Thomas has more raw skills than Clayton. Quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain has said the battle could come down to a gut feeling. A decision could be made as early as tonight.

Running Backs

Running back has gone from being a very deep position to a very thin one. Darren Evans has been