Scrimmage Report: Taylor Sharp, Special Teams Sloppy

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Terrific play from Tyrod Taylor and a sloppy day on special teams highlighted Virginia Tech’s second full scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. The Hokies have just three practices remaining before next Saturday’s spring game.

Tech’s senior quarterback was extremely sharp in all phases of the game on Saturday. He hit Danny Coale perfectly on two big plays down field, and he was right on the money all afternoon. Taylor’s timing was very good with the wide receivers, and his accuracy was impressive despite a gusty day in Lane Stadium.

Taylor was sharp from start to finish. His first pass was a 20 yard touchdown strike to Jarrett Boykin in the corner of the endzone. He put the ball perfectly to the outside of Boykin where only the receiver could catch it. Taylor never let up during the scrimmage, and it looks like he’s made even more progress since the end of last season.

Frank Beamer’s special teams were not as sharp. There was a blocked punt, a bad snap, a blocked field goal and numerous missed field goals. No one seems to be stepping up and winning the kicking job right now. Fortunately it’s still the spring, and there’s a long way to go before Beamer has to make a decision.

Ryan Williams did not scrimmage, and neither did David Wilson. Wilson was participating in the ACC Track and Field Championships. With Williams and Wilson out, Darren Evans, Tony Gregory, Kenny Lewis, Jr. and Zach Evans got all the work at tailback. None of them had a lot of running room, as the defense was tough and physical up front all day long.

Tech’s front seven is beginning to look stronger and deeper. James Gayle looks like a legit #3 defensive end, Steven Friday had a very impressive scrimmage, and Kwamaine Battle was difficult to block. The Hokies still have to identify their #4 end and their #4 tackle, but things are looking better than they were at the beginning of the spring.

The linebackers are also showing signs of progress. Bruce Taylor and Lyndell Gibson both played well, and true freshman