Hokies hold first scrimmage of spring
Led by Glennon, quarterbacks play well
April 10, 2007

The Virginia Tech football team held its first scrimmage of the spring on Tuesday afternoon at Lane Stadium, and the Hokies' three quarterbacks headlined the 69-play affair.

Sean Glennon, the projected starter, saw his first game action since the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and eager to get back on the field after a difficult second half in that game, he played well. The rising redshirt junior completed 10-of-16 for 76 yards to lead the way.

"I felt real good," Glennon said. "There were maybe two passes that I'd like to have back. But the one thing I'm proud of is that there were no passes where I was saying, 'I wish I had gone to this side' or 'I wish I had seen him.' I feel like I was seeing the field real well. I may not have thrown every pass on the money, but I feel I was going to the right guy."

Backups Cory Holt and Ike Whitaker also fared well, with Whitaker completing 9-of-10 for 49 yards and Holt completing 6-of-15 for 58 yards. Whitaker also ran six times for 28 yards.

Tech's receivers benefited from the solid play of the quarterbacks, with many of the younger guys getting a lot of the reps. Brandon Dillard, a rising redshirt sophomore from Martinsville, Va., caught a game-high five passes for 71 yards, with a long of 26 yards. Dillard also ran once on a reverse that went for four yards. Rising redshirt freshman Zach Luckett caught four passes for 40 yards.

Overall, Tech's offense fumbled just one time, and they managed to recover that. Tech's offense did not commit a penalty in a scrimmage that saw just two penalties (two offsides on the defense) in 69 plays.

"I didn't play perfectly, but I came off the field feeling real good about things and that's because of the way our offense played," Glennon said. "The first scrimmage, we usually get our butts kicked and struggle to get first downs. But it didn't seem like we had too many breakdowns or give up too many sacks. For the first scrimmage, we can't complain too much."

Whitaker paced Tech's rushing attack with the 28 yards. Jahre Cheeseman rushed for 13 yards on four carries and Devin Radford added 18 yards on two carries. Branden Ore, the All-ACC performer from a year ago, did not play in this scrimmage.

Tech's offense, though, never got in the end zone. Part of that was because head coach Frank Beamer turned the offense in the opposite direction every time that unit got inside the 30. And part of it was because of Tech's defense.

The projected starters on defense played little in the scrimmage. Dorian Porch, a rover, led all players with six solo tackles. Cody Grimm, a whip linebacker, finished with two solo tackles and three assists, and he added a half of a tackle for a loss. Brett Warren recorded four tackles and a sack, and Roland Minor and Kam Chancellor each added four tackles as well. Minor also broke up a couple of passes.

Tech's next scrimmage will be Saturday at Lane Stadium. The annual spring game will be held April 21st at 2 p.m. at Lane.