Friday Q&A: April 16, 2010

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Raleigh Hokie joins us this week to give his thoughts on the football team
with just one week remaining in spring practice. Will Nick Becton win the left
tackle job? How is the battle between Ju-Ju Clayton and Logan Thomas
progressing? Raleigh answers those question and more in this week’s Q&A.

1) With the first scrimmage in the books, what are your thoughts on the
battle at left tackle between Becton and Lanier?

Hokie: It’s still early, but at this point Nick Becton has the edge.
Physically, he has everything a coach is looking for in a left tackle – tall and
athletic with a long reach and excellent feet. He needs to get more aggressive
at the point of attack in the run game, but that is usually the case with a
young player on the offensive line. And he still needs to refine his technique
in pass protection, but we should continue to see improvement in those areas as
he gets more practice reps. He needs more time to perfect a number of things,
but he has a chance to be an excellent left tackle. It’s just a question of how
long that will take.

Andrew Lanier isn’t quite as physically gifted as Becton, but he is a little
more seasoned. He is also showing that he can play on both sides – I was
convinced throughout the fall that he was a "right handed" player, so
it is a very positive development to see him having success on the left side as
well. With his experience and ability to play on either side, it gives Curt
Newsome a swing player that can provide quality depth at both LT and RT. That is
not easy to find, so that flexibility makes Lanier a highly valuable asset
upfront. If all stay healthy, we could see a 3-player rotation at tackle in a
similar fashion that we saw at guard last year with Sergio Render, Jaymes Brooks
and Greg Nosal. That type of quality in a rotation will pay huge dividends,
especially in those 4th quarters later on in the season.

2) How close is Virginia Tech to naming a #2 quarterback?