More on Va. Tech's QB Situation
Our Commonwealth correspondent Zach Berman relays the following update from Blacksburg:
With Maryland’s showdown against Virginia Tech quickly approaching, Hokies quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday and progressed incrementally Sunday.
Virginia Tech closed practice to reporters this week, so any updates needed to come from conversation instead of observation. Quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain discussed Taylor, Glennon and possible starter Cory Holt after Sunday’s practice.
O’Cain said Holt continues to take most of the reps, including all the snaps in team drills. Taylor and Glennon are limited to individual drills and scout-team reps.
O’Cain added the injured quarterbacks are “hobbling” with a “gimp.” They have only practiced flat-footed, unable to bounce on their toes as necessary for a quarterback. How they move will be the motivating factor in Thursday’s decision.
“Both of them can probably play today,” O’Cain said. “But how well can they play? Can they play injured well enough to be better than Cory? That’s the question.”
Complicating this particular situation are the differences between Taylor and Glennon. Because Taylor poses the biggest threat as a runner, a sprained ankle significantly hinders his game. O’Cain agreed the barometer for playing Taylor is different than playing Glennon.
“I think there’s no question,” O’Cain said. “Tyrod’s forte is his feet. No question about it, that figures in.”
In 2007, Taylor missed two games because of the same injury.
Glennon has five years of experience in the offense, which means limited practice likely will not affect his performance the way it would for an inexperienced quarterback. O’Cain admitted that if Glennon were healthy enough on game night, O'Cain would not hesitate to play him even if he had not practiced fully.
“He’s got to get some work in the passing game, but I’d feel comfortable with him in a limited amount of work,” O’Cain said. “As long as I feel he moves well enough to be effective. That’s the key. It’s not so much the reps. It’s being able where we feel we can get him effective physically, so he can get out trouble and not be a sitting duck.”
O’Cain pledged his confidence in Holt, citing Holt’s stint as backup at the beginning of the season when the Hokies planned on redshirting Taylor. The coach was surprised by the way Holt handled himself against Florida State considering Holt had been practicing at receiver for a month, but would be comfortable if Holt needed to start Thursday.
O’Cain’s main concern was actually the lack of a reliable backup if Taylor or Glennon cannot play.
As the conversation concluded, O’Cain reiterated he has no objection to waiting until game night. The decision might not be revealed until kickoff.
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