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Hokies' quarterback rotation works

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Date published: 11/22/2007

BY JIM McCONNELL

BLACKSBURG--Unable to choose between junior Sean Glennon and freshman Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech's coaches opted for a unique time-sharing arrangement that effectively gave the Hokies two starting quarterbacks.

It's worked well so far. In two games since Glennon and Taylor were installed as co-No. 1 signal-callers, Virginia Tech rolled up 40 points against Florida State and 44 against Miami.

But because injuries have prevented the Hokies from playing a full game with both quarterbacks, Frank Beamer and Co. still don't know exactly what to expect when eighth-ranked Virginia Tech (9-2 overall, 6-1 ACC) visits rival Virginia (9-2, 6-1) for a Coastal Division title showdown Saturday at Scott Stadium.

"It's kind of been a work in progress," Beamer said. "Both have played well. Both give you something and both are very unselfish. It's worked out, but I think it's a challenge each and every week to figure out how you're going to do it."

Virginia Tech discovered the challenges inherent in a dual-quarterback system four years ago. The Hokies' attempt to play both junior Bryan Randall and freshman Marcus Vick quickly became a disaster, hastening the team's slide from a 6-0 start to a disappointing 8-5 finish.

With that failed experiment still fresh in his mind, Beamer repeatedly professed no interest in shuffling quarterbacks this season. But with two uniquely talented players competing for the same spot, he had no choice but to look outside the box for a solution.

Four days after Virginia Tech's 27-3 rout of Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain summoned Glennon and Taylor to his office, then informed them of the plan to play both quarterbacks until further notice.

"I was kind of suspicious about what was going to happen because I was coming off a good game at Georgia Tech, so I didn't think they were going to say 'bye' to me because Tyrod's healthy again. At the same time, I know Tyrod does some things that they don't want to keep him on the bench, either," Glennon recalled. "Although I wasn't positive he was going to say that, I wasn't surprised."


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