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“The further you get away from the football, the quicker you can play,” Beamer said. “They’re as far away from the football as you can get. If you get any further, you’ll be out of bounds.”

Even as the Hokies try to winnow their options down to more manageable numbers - from five possibilities at tailback to three and from about 10 receivers down to six - quarterback remains just as curious a contest.

Beamer said despite the inclination to avert predictability and mix up the play-calling regardless of who is in the game, he is considering separating the playbook based on the quarterback. That at least would suggest the chances of switching quarterbacks in the middle of a possession will decrease, though it still seems possible both Glennon and Taylor will play vital roles this fall.

“I give our offensive staff and the two quarterbacks credit because we made it work last year, but it’s still hard,” Beamer said. “Any way you look at it, it’s hard. I want to be very open-minded going into fall practice and make the right choice for our football team.”

Chances are it will be the right one. Despite all their other concerns, both Glennon and Taylor are capable of helping Virginia Tech build on its 27-5 record in ACC games since the school joined the league in 2004.

And regardless of who plays, a continuation of that dominance would permit the Hokies to enjoy whatever quarterback equation they contrive this fall.

“I don’t want to say we’re the favorites. But being the defending conference champions, it’s a tradition we’ve kind of set up at Virginia Tech where we expect to win 10 games and we expect to go to the ACC championship,” Glennon said. “Not being brash or overconfident, but I’d be disappointed with anything less than a trip to Tampa.”