Motley moves into the #1 spot

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Virginia Tech’s youngest players are charging up the depth chart on offense.  Most notable is r-sophomore Brenden Motley, who has taken the #1 spot away from Mark Leal as of today’s depth chart update.

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Motley takes the lead

In today’s depth chart update on BeamerBall.com, Brenden Motley (r-So.) is listed as Tech’s #1 quarterback.  He’s listed #1 by himself … there is no tie.  Motley is #1, and Mark Leal (r-Sr.) is #2.

Based on what we saw on Saturday, that shouldn’t be a surprise.  After struggling in Tech’s first scrimmage, Leal missed the second scrimmage with a knee injury.  Meanwhile, Motley has put up impressive numbers.  Let’s compare their scrimmage stats:

Motley: 17-of-25 for 199 yards, 1 TD and 0 interceptions
Leal: 3-of-9 for 34 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT

Obviously that’s a small sample size.  However, turnovers and decision making are critical for the Tech offense this year.  So far through two scrimmages, Motley hasn’t thrown anything close to an interception.  In a very short scrimmage with limited reps, Leal tossed up one pick when he misread a basic coverage, and nearly threw another interception later in the scrimmage on the same misread.

For Motley to be #1 on the depth chart by himself shows that Scot Loeffler has been more impressed with him than Mark Leal throughout all of spring, not just the scrimmages.  Can Leal reclaim the spot after he gets over his knee injury?  We shall see.

I can think of three good reasons why it would be preferable for Motley to

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