- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. |

Ike Whitaker found a solution to Virginia Tech’s quarterback controversy — he let XBox 360 decide.

“In [EA Sports College Football 2009], they have Tyrod [Taylor] starting,” Virginia Tech’s senior wide receiver said. “And I like to use a running quarterback, so nine times out of 10, I play with Tyrod in. But it all depends on what I am feeling and who I am playing also.”

Whitaker’s strategy for virtual gridiron success may become the real-life Hokies’ operandi as well.

After a week of preseason camp in Blacksburg, neither Taylor or Sean Glennon has gained an advantage, according to Hokies quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain.

O’Cain said Saturday it may come down to an 11th-hour decision before the Aug. 30 season-opener against East Carolina. He also said while the coaching staff prefers to have a clear-cut starter, Glennon and Taylor may continue to cycle in and out depending on the flow of the game and the opponent.

“We have to see what we need to make us a better football team,” O’Cain said. “Do we need a better passer? Do we need a young man with a little more athleticism?”

Ever since Taylor spelled Glennon in the second quarter of last season’s 48-7 loss to LSU, the two have gone back and forth. The platoon helped - Glennon’s accuracy and Taylor’s athleticism kept Boston College off-balance in the Hokies’ ACC Championship victory - and hindered the Hokies.

Neither gained consistency in the Hokies’ Orange Bowl loss, and the two combined for three interceptions.

Both players said they have grown weary of the topic - Glennon estimates he answered “180,000” questions at last month’s ACC media days outside Atlanta - and he insists the competition hasn’t strained their relationship off the field.

“We don’t really talk about it,” Glennon said. “It’s an understanding between us - I am going to root for you when you are in there. You are going to root for me.”

Both players have found a way to ease the pressure.

Glennon chats with friend and former teammate Eddie Royal, who is battling for a starting spot with the Denver Broncos, and Taylor confides in Oakland Raiders receiver Ronald Curry, who hails from the same Hampton, Va., neighborhood as Taylor.

Both are working for a way to gain an edge, while at the same time saying all the right things about the other.

“We have two guys, and it’s hard to say one is head and shoulders above the other one,” Glennon said.

So who would he choose to run the offense on XBox 360?

“Come on, man,” Glennon said. “Is that even a question?”

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