Hokie Football Outlook, Part IV
Running Backs & Quarterbacks
July 19, 2006

Outlook Schedule on hokiesports.com:
General OutlookWednesday, July 12
Offensive LineFriday, July 14
Wide Receivers/Tight EndsMonday, July 17
Tailbacks/Fullbacks/QuarterbacksWednesday, July 19
Defensive LineFriday, July 21
LinebackersMonday, July 24
SecondaryWednesday, July 26
SpecialistsFriday, July 28
Headlines

  • The top priority on offense is solidifying the starting quarterback. Two players with game experience - Sean Glennon and Cory Holt - will have a slight lead going into fall, but will have to hold off redshirt freshman Ike Whitaker.

  • The Hokies will also have to find a new tailback with the loss of Cedric Humes and Mike Imoh to graduation. Branden Ore has the most experience of any returnee, but was not enrolled in the spring semester as he was home rehabbing his shoulder after off-season surgery.

  • George Bell and Kenny Lewis, Jr., will also get looks at tailback as both are coming off solid springs.

  • The fullback spot is in good hands as Jesse Allen returns as the starter, but will be faced by pressure from several talented players, including Carlton Weatherford.

  • Tech has welcomed a new addition in quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain, who has a wealth of experience both at the position and within the ACC.

RETURNERS
No.NameCl.Pos.
37Jesse Allenr-Sr.FB
34George Bellr-So.TB
8Greg Booner-Fr.QB
7Sean Glennonr-So.QB
Billy GorhamJr.FB
12Cory Holtr-So.QB
42Kenny Jeffersonr-Fr.FB
38Elan Lewisr-Fr.TB
20Kenny Lewis, Jr.Fr.TB
28Branden Orer-So.TB
Devin Perezr-So.FB
35Dustin PickleSo.TB
44Devin RadfordFr.TB
14Grant Throckmortonr-Jr.QB
39Carlton Weatherfordr-Jr.FB
3Ike Whitakerr-Fr.QB
NEWCOMERS
No.NameCl.Pos.
Kam ChancellorFr.QB
The Players
Tailback
George Bell - Had an outstanding spring ... Is a powerful back in the same speed category as Cedric Humes ... Has waited a long time for his knee to be healthy.

Branden Ore - Missed the spring while rehabbing from shoulder surgery ... Knows what he has to do to get himself ready to play ... Has great ability and outstanding speed and vision.

Kenny Lewis, Jr. - Missed a lot of spring ball with an ankle injury ... Has been out of football for a couple of years, playing minor league baseball in the Cincinnati Reds organization ... Is powerful and well put together with outstanding speed and quickness.

Fullback
Jesse Allen - Has come a long way in his maturation as a football player ... A demon in the weight room ... A very good blocker ... Will likely get the ball more this year.

Carlton Weatherford - Will compete for the starting job ... Works hard and does everything right, on and off the field ... Has come back strong from a serious knee injury.

Billy Gorham - A walk-on who has reconstructed his body through the weight room and is a powerful athlete ... Will be a factor in the goal-line offense.

Quarterback
Sean Glennon - Enters preseason as the No. 1 QB, but hasn't won the starting job ... A smart player who has a good knowledge of the offense ... His ability to comprehend and execute the offense is a plus ... Had a very consistent spring.

Cory Holt - Will battle for the starting job when camp opens ... Is a tall, athletic young player ... Coaches like his demeanor on the field ... Needs to work on his consistency.

Ike Whitaker - Enters preseason as the No. 3 quarterback ... Missed the first half of spring practice ... Possesses tremendous athleticism in terms of both throwing the football and ability to run ... Has all the tools to be successful.

Coach Hite on the Running Backs
"In the 28 years that I've been here, the running backs have been a great tradition. These guys have to follow those footsteps. From a character and want-to standpoint, I believe these guys can get the job done for us. We have some quality players at both the fullback and tailback spots. It's up to them to get the job done and I expect them to carry on the great tradition of 'The Stallions'."

Coach O'Cain on the Quarterbacks
"Consistent poise and performance is what we're looking for. We want our quarterbacks to be able to get the football to the right person at the right time, with the right kind of pass, to where they win the games for us with their athleticism. Now, that doesn't mean we won't ask our quarterbacks to run the football some, or have to have them help win the game with their legs. They've got to be able to make good decisions, get us in and out of the huddle, get us in the proper play, out of a bad play, and then distribute the ball at the right time to the right person on a consistent basis."