Glennon Leads Whitaker at QB

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Ike Whitaker and Sean Glennon practiced together last week, throwing balls around the gym in Cassell Coliseum because it was too cold to go outside. At one point, they tried throwing passes into the basketball hoops, a playful competition that previewed the far more serious one in coming months for Virginia Tech's starting quarterback position.

With spring practice months away, Glennon, the incumbent starter and a rising junior who went 10-3 in his first season behind center, has the edge over Whitaker, who is entering his redshirt sophomore year, and Cory Holt, who played more wide receiver than quarterback last season.

"Sean is the quarterback," Coach Frank Beamer said. "Somebody would have to come in there and beat him out."

Glennon, who endured criticism from fans all season, drew his harshest ire after his four-turnover performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which Virginia Tech lost, 31-24, to Georgia.

Thought to possess more natural talent than Glennon, Whitaker battled alcoholism last season and strayed from healthy eating habits.

"He's got ability," Beamer said. "And now he's in the best position he's in to show that ability. I'm eager to see what happens."

Also in the mix, possibly, is elite recruit Tyrod Taylor, ranked by some scouting services as the No. 3 quarterback in the country and one the nation's top 15 recruits.

-- Adam Kilgore

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