April 10, 2010
Hokies conduct first full scrimmage of the spring
Taylor and Clayton throw TD passes

BLACKSBURG – Tech’s quarterbacks combined to throw for 214 yards and two touchdowns to headline the Hokies’ first full scrimmage of the spring on Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

Tyrod Taylor completed 5-of-10 for 89 yards and a touchdown, firing a 35-yard scoring strike to receiver Danny Coale, who caught it between Germond Oatneal and Antone Exum. Ju-Ju Clayton completed 7-of-9 for 95 yards and a touchdown, with his 20-yard scoring pass going to Xavier Boyce, who beat rover James Hopper on the play. Logan Thomas completed 2-of-10 for 30 yards, but Tech’s receivers dropped three of Thomas’ passes and dropped four or five passes on the day.

“We got the three top quarterbacks all the work,” quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain said. “What happens is when you try to get everyone some work, it gets watered down and no one gets anything out of it. So we gave the top three most of the work and that’s what we’ll probably do the rest of spring because both Logan and Ju-Ju need all the work they can get.

“I hope the competition [between Thomas and Clayton for the back-up job] doesn’t go into August. I’m hoping for some separation this spring. That’s what we’d like, but at the same time, you want to be fair to both of those guys and give them work. Hopefully some separation will take place. But we don’t want to force it. We want to let it happen.”

Jarrett Boykin caught three passes for 57 yards, while Boyce caught two for 51 and Austin Fuller hauled in three for 37 yards to pace Tech’s receivers. David Wilson led the rushing attack with 39 yards on six carries, while Darren Evans ran for 27 yards on four carries.

“It feels good,” said Evans, who played sparingly in a mini-scrimmage on Wednesday – his first action since tearing the ACL in his knee last August. “I’ve been telling myself that this knee is going to act right and that’s what I’m going to continue doing. The fear and all that stuff is over with. It’s fixed and I know it’s fixed. Now, it’s just about getting my legs back and my vision back. I know it’s coming because every day I feel I’m getting better and better.”

Defensively, Exum, a redshirt freshman free safety, led the team with nine tackles (three solo). Bruce Taylor played well at mike linebacker while working with the first unit in place of the injured Barquell Rivers. Taylor tallied six tackles, including two for a loss. Chase Williams had six tackles as well – all assists.

Steven Friday, Kwamaine Battle and James Gayle each recorded two sacks. Each of Tech’s quarterbacks wore yellow jerseys, meaning they were not to be touched.

On the injury front, guard Vinston Painter injured his left knee on his third play of action. Tech’s sports medicine staff diagnosed Painter with a subluxation of the patellar tendon. Essentially, the tendon popped out of place and then popped back into place. Painter will be re-evaluated on Sunday.

Tech’s next scrimmage will be next Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lane Stadium.

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