It had been less than two months, but I’d forgotten what a pain a quarterback “controversy” could be.
While Chris Turner has firmly established himself as Maryland’s QB in recent weeks (though a lot of Byrd Stadium patrons figured he’d done that already, anyway), Josh Portis‘ reps remain limited (or nonexistent, as was the case Saturday) and Jordan Steffy is stuck on the sideline as his fractured thumb improves as much as it can without the benefit of surgery.
But injuries can create all sorts of tumult, as Virginia Tech is discovering this week. Both starter Tyrod Taylor and erstwhile starter Sean Glennon have sprained left ankles – Taylor’s is of the “high ankle sprain” variety – so it’s forcing Frank Beamer and Co. to look far down the depth chart and roster for answers.
After listening to Beamer’s teleconference, it sounds like this would be the pecking order beyond Taylor and Glennon when Maryland pays a visit to Blacksburg on Nov. 6 – assuming both Taylor and Glennon remain sidelined, which is no guarantee.
1. Cory Holt. The redshirt senior is 11-for-25 for 141 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in his career. He moved to wide receiver late last season, and played QB in a game for the first time since last October in Saturday’s 30-20 loss at Florida State.
2. Greg Boone. A redshirt junior, Boone moved from quarterback to tight end before the 2006 season. He has 10 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown, which makes him one of the top passing game options for the run-heavy Hokies. Beamer said Boone would prepare for an emergency role behind Holt in the next week.
3. Jeff Beyer. A junior walk-on who Beamer said was on the trip to Florida State and helped out with signals.
4. Joseph Clayton. A true freshman from Richmond, Clayton has run the Hokies’ scout team this season. Beamer would like to retain Clayton’s redshirt, so consider him sort of a dire emergency option.