It’s about time for the Virginia Tech coaching staff to iron out their
two-deep on the depth chart. Players will have one more scrimmage to earn a spot
on that list. After that, the Hokies will start working with their first two
groups in preparation for the start of the season.
At some positions, the two-deep is basically set. At others, some battles
Virginia Tech’s backup quarterback situation is beginning to shake itself
out. Ricardo Young simplified things for the coaching staff when he announced
his intentions to transfer before this past Saturday’s scrimmage. With Young
out, the Hokies now have three scholarship quarterbacks getting reps.
We all know Logan Thomas is the starter, and he is firmly in control of the
offense. As expected, Mark Leal (6-0, 209, r-Fr.) is now the #2 quarterback. I
wouldn’t say he is entrenched in that role yet, but I’d say he is getting close.
Ju-Ju Clayton (6-1, 225, r-Jr.) has probably progressed as far as he is going to
in a college system.
The good news for Leal (pictured at right) is that he isn’t showing any signs of taking a step
back. Over his last four scrimmages, back to the spring and including the Spring
Game, he is 20-of-36 for 355 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.
Those are pretty darn good numbers for a r-freshman who has yet to even run out
of the tunnel.
Leal came from a very advanced passing offense in high school, where he was
coached by former Bowling Green star Omar Jacobs. He is probably more advanced
as a passer than Logan Thomas was at this stage of his Tech career. Leal seems
to have good pocket presence, and he sees the field well despite his lack of
Here’s a quick review of the Tech tailbacks and fullbacks …
David Wilson (5-10, 205, Jr.): Wilson picked up right where he left off in
the spring. If he stays healthy, he is going to put up big numbers this season.
Josh Oglesby (5-11, 218, r-Sr.): Oglesby remains Tech’s #2 running back, and
the coaching staff seems happy with
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