- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 16, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Yesterday’s spring game at Lane Stadium, in which the Maroon team beat the White team 14-10, was supposed to decide who would take over at quarterback for Virginia Tech.

Cory Holt, Sean Glennon and Ike Whitaker rotated under center between both squads. But no one staked a claim to the job, vacated by last season’s starter, Marcus Vick, who was kicked off the team in January.

“It’s back up in the air again,” said defensive end Chris Ellis, who had tabbed Holt to win the job earlier this week.

Holt, a 6-foot-4, 222-pound redshirt sophomore, completed four of 12 passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The touchdown was a 50-yard bomb to receiver Josh Morgan. Holt also rushed for 33 yards.

Glennon, who has the most experience of the three, completed five of his six passes for 36 yards.

“I don’t think any of us really leaped out ahead of anyone else,” the 6-4, 215-pound Glennon said. But the redshirt sophomore added: “I put on a performance capable of winning the job.”

Whitaker, who was suspended for the first two weeks of spring practice, received the loudest ovation among the quarterbacks when he entered the game midway through the first quarter.

He rewarded those fans with a dazzling performance. On one play, Whitaker scrambled to avoid a sack, rolled right and threw off his back foot to Justin Harper for a 49-yard touchdown. He finished 6-for-6 for 85 yards and one touchdown.

Whitaker, a 6-4, 206-pound redshirt freshman from Northwest High School in Germantown, characterized his performance as “OK.” The redshirt freshman said he needed to stay in the pocket more and not be so quick to run. But he still liked his chances of winning the job.

“Definitely, in the short time I have been with the team I felt like I have done enough,” Whitaker said.

That will be up to coach Frank Beamer to decide. Beamer, entering his 20th year as the Hokies’ coach, plans to watch tape of yesterday’s scrimmage with his staff and see whether they are ready to name a starter.

New quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain said it was tough to evaluate the quarterbacks because they rotated so much.

“We will be better once we have a direction,” Beamer said.

The Virginia Tech coaching staff was so confused on who their starter might be that they named Holt and Glennon co-winners of the offensive President’s Award during the halftime ceremonies. The award is given to the player who demonstrates the most leadership.

One thing that made it difficult to evaluate the quarterbacks was the youth of the offensive line, which is trying to replace four starters. The much-more-experienced defensive line caused havoc in the backfield all day, giving the quarterbacks little time to throw.

“They are still young and not as mature as they need to be,” Glennon said.

Sophomore George Bell was the only running back with significant experience who carried the ball. He gained 14 yards on six carries. Brandon Ore, who is not taking classes and is at home this semester rehabilitating his injured shoulder, was on the sideline for today’s game and will be with the team in the fall, according to Beamer.

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