Spring Practice Report: Offensive Line Injuries are Costly

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Despite the fact that the offense returns a number of skilled playmakers,
that doesn’t mean everything is running smoothly. The injury bug has hit the
offensive line hard, which hurts the effectiveness of the offense as a whole.

We’ve seen bad offensive line play hurt the development of the offense in the
past. Those years it was simply a talent issue up front for Tech. This year,
it’s injuries. Either way, it has the potential to have the same effect.

In years past, it wasn’t uncommon to see Tech’s quarterbacks get sacked 8-12
times in a single scrimmage. With practice time limited, that really hurts the
offense’s chance to get in a rhythm. It’s tough for a QB to get on the same page
as his receivers when he’s getting blown dead every other play because of a
sack.

That was a big problem for the offense from 2006 through 2008, and with
injuries on the line popping up everywhere, it’s not a good sign for the
remainder of the spring.

That story and more headlines today’s report on the progress of the offense
this spring.

Quarterback

Virginia Tech has not made a decision on their backup quarterback. Tyrod
Taylor is the starter, but r-sophomore Ju-Ju Clayton and r-freshman Logan Thomas
are battling it out for the backup spot. Quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain would
like to see one of the players stick out and take the job.

Both backup quarterbacks look like they’ve made plenty of progress since last
spring. They both made very quick decisions during Saturday’s scrimmage. There
was no hesitation in their throws. The ball was out of the pocket very quickly,
which is something that young quarterbacks struggle with a lot.

From a numbers standpoint, Ju-Ju Clayton has the advantage. Tech had a
mini-scrimmage last Wednesday and a full scrimmage on Saturday. Clayton combined...