Tape It Up: Virginia Tech: Taylor Still On The Table

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Virginia Tech: Taylor Still On The Table

Virginia Tech starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is still nursing a right ankle sprain, making him questionable for Thursday night's show-me-what-you-got ACC matchup with No. 2 Boston College. The Eagles are therefore preparing for both Taylor, a freshman, and former starter Sean Glennon, who will retake the reins if Taylor is not okay to play on Thursday. The problem is that these two QBs could not be more different in playing style, which effects offensive play calling and defensive prevention schemes. That's why Glennon got yanked in the first place.

Since the Hokies' 48-7 loss at LSU on Sept. 8, Taylor has started all five games for Virginia Tech, leading his team to five consecutive victories and a No. 8 ranking. Glennon was pulled from his starting role because he was not as mobile as Taylor, and with an inexperienced offensive line, Glennon was not able to sit back in the pocket and pick a play before the defense was on top of him. Taylor could run and think at the same time, which helped offset some offensive line issues.

In the second quarter of the Hokies' last game, a 43-14 win over Duke on Oct. 13, Taylor went down with an ankle injury, so Glennon stepped back under center and decisively led the team to victory. Glennon orchestrated three straight touchdown drives, finished 16-for-21 for 258 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. Those numbers are Tom Brady-esque, and made coach Frank Beamer look twice at this backup quarterback. Granted, those numbers did come against Duke, which is no LSU, but the statistics speak for themselves.

Beamer said on Tuesday that Taylor will most likely not play if he is not 100 percent recovered, or very close to it. The Hokies have quite a bit riding on this game - in addition to a possible top-5 spot if they can knock off the nation's No. 2 team, there are only two other unbeaten teams in the ACC, and BC is one of them.

"I don't think you put Tyrod out there gimpy," beamer said. "I think this is going to be a violent game. I think it's going to be one of those tough, tough, tough football games, and I don't think you want a guy that's not 100 percent out there."

The offensive line has improved considerably from Week 1, so Glennon should have more time in the pocket, should he get the start. Still, Tech has the 90th-ranked rushing offense in the country, averaging 119.4 yards per game on the ground, and they're going up against the nation's top rushing defense, as the Eagles allow only 46.6 yards per game. The Hokies will therefore most likely stick to the pass game, except that BC also leads the nation with 18 interceptions.

Virginia Tech's receivers aren't particularly worried about who will get the start at QB, but the play-calling will change dramatically once they pick a starter. In the meantime, BC is left preparing for both a scrambler and a pocket-passer, but they might be excited should Glennon get the start. Last year, BC beat the Hokies in Chestnut Hill, 23-3, intercepting Glennon twice in the process.

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