September 02, 2008
The $17.5 million question about Virginia Tech going into the opener with East Carolina was how many weeks Frank Beamer could withstand Hokie partisans shrieking in agony over the permanent presence of Sean Glennon at quarterback before he pulled the bizarre second-year redshirt off A-plus athlete Tyrod Taylor. I had the over/under at four, at least through Tech's first true road game at alleged upstart North Carolina.
The answer: one. Glennon's third-chance stint as The Man lasted one brutal week:
Head coach Frank Beamer said in a press conference earlier today, "We plan to play both Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor this weekend," he said. "I'll say this to you. I'm very hopeful Sean has a career in the NFL. That tells you what I think about his ability.
"I think we need as a football team what Tyrod Taylor can do for us. As we played the game last week, it became apparent. The No. 1 need for us is to be a good running football team. For several different reasons that needs to be our strength and I think by putting a guy in the backfield that makes plays, he'll cause something to happen.
Of course, Glennon has consistently "made things happen": two costly interceptions and an aborted clock-killing drive that went three-and-out and set up the decisive blocked punt against ECU Saturday; two costly interceptions in January's Orange Bowl loss to Kansas; ten points in the regular season loss to Boston College that eventually stood between Tech and slot in last year's a mythical championship game; or three interceptions in the Hokies' collapse against Georgia in the '06 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Glennon made all of these things and more happen, despite the best efforts of those around him.
He's also one of the prominent reasons the Hokies need to be "a good running football team," because they're not going to be a good passing team with a ludicrously inexperienced receiving corps and a fifth-year senior passer making no discernible signs of progress, and the equally young defense can use all the help it can get to keep it on the sideline. Taylor may not be a better passer, yet, but he has a better arm than Glennon, far more time to develop it, and in the meantime has the wheels to do some good otherwise. The smart money was always on the kid wresting the job for himself, and with the faint of heart still nervous over this "redshirt" nonsense, now you can double down.
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Photo of Taylor via Getty Images.