The Hokies held their first scrimmage of August on Saturday afternoon in Lane Stadium. The battle for the backup quarterback position is still ongoing, and David Wilson picked up exactly where he left off in the spring.
Right now, I don’t think Ju-Ju Clayton has done enough to unseat r-freshman Mark Leal from the #2 spot on the depth chart. Clayton was much better today than he was during the spring, going 6-of-10 for 51 yards, including a nice 30 yard touchdown pass to r-freshman E.L. Smiling over the middle.
Leal was 6-of-13 for 113 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Right now I would feel more confident with Leal in the game than Clayton. He is the more physically gifted player. He has performed well overall, for a #2 quarterback, whereas Clayton’s spring performance left a lot to be desired. However, Clayton looked much better today than he did during the spring, and competition at that position can only make everyone better.
Logan Thomas was 4-of-8 for 78 yards with an interception. He slightly overthrew Danny Coale on what would have been a touchdown on a deep post. His interception was a terrific play by cornerback Jayron Hosley, who went stride for stride with Dyrell Roberts about 40-50 yards downfield. As soon as the pass arrive, Hosley turned and intercepted it. It was not a play that a regular cornerback could have made.
David Wilson was exactly what he was during the spring … explosive and dominant. He had five carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. In all of the spring scrimmages, plus Saturday’s scrimmage, I don’t think I’ve seen Wilson be tackled by the first defender who made contact. He was hit simultaneously by Barquell Rivers and James Hopper on his touchdown run today, and he bounced off both and took it in for an easy touchdown as if neither defender was even there.
Wilson is by far Tech’s best and explosive running back. Josh Oglesby didn’t get many reps on Saturday, and Tony Gregory showed a nice burst. Gregory looks 100% healthy. True freshman Michael Holmes had a nice day, with 11 carries for 54 yards. He didn’t bust any big plays, but he showed good vision and kept the offense moving forward.
Holmes needs to pack on more muscle mass, and I don’t think he’ll help the Hokies this season, but considering he has only been practicing...
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