- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 6, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. — With less than a month remaining before Virginia Tech’s football team officially kicks off against Northeastern, the biggest question surrounding the Hokies program remains the starting quarterback.

Only third-year sophomore Sean Glennon seems confident in the answer.

“Once I saw my name at number one in the depth chart, it’s going to take a lot for me to give that up,” he said yesterday before Virginia Tech’s second day of fall practice.

In 2003, Glennon helped take Westfield High School to a Virginia Group AAA, Division 6 state championship. He had limited playing time as a true freshman at Virginia Tech, appearing in four games in 2004. Glennon was redshirted last season but his on-field consistency got him the nod this year as the Hokies’ number one guy following spring practice and the dismissal of All-ACC former quarterback Marcus Vick. That early acknowledgement hardly passes for job security with redshirt freshman Ike Whitaker and particularly third year sophomore Cory Holt both hungry for a promotion, but Glennon considers the position his own.

“I’ve taken this really seriously,” he said. “And I can think of nothing else I’ve wanted since I was a little kid more than to be playing football on TV in front of thousands of people and so I’ve added a lot of muscle to my frame, I’ve worked hard in the weight room, watched a lot of film, basically showing everyone that I’m … going to work hard to keep my spot.”

Although he’s a self-described pocket passer, the 6-foot-4 Glennon bristled at suggestions that his mobility will be a problem and that his assets as a quarterback are primarily cerebral.

“I’m not that slow,” he said. “I’m not Marcus Vick and Bryan Randall fast, but I think I can get a few yards, scramble when I need to scramble. I may not be the prototypical athlete, but I’m not a statue back there.”

In contrast, Whitaker, a nationally ranked prospect out of Germantown — currently a solid third on the depth chart according to first-year quarterback coach Mike O’Cain — sees himself continuing the Hokies recent run of elusive athletes under center.

“I’m a dual threat,” Whitaker said. “I look to pass first, but if something breaks down I’m capable of running. … Michael Vick, Bryan Randall, Marcus Vick, they could all do the same thing, so I think I’ve got a great fit in here.”

Holt, whose backup role for Vick last season earned him action in six games, remains the biggest threat to Glennon’s candidacy.

“I know Ike [Whitaker]’s got a lot on his shoulders and so do I,” Holt said. “But as for me, I just want to come out here and get the job. I’ve told a lot of people that I am the quarterback.”

The final decision on who takes the first snap on Sept. 2 at Lane Stadium rests with the coaches. According to O’Cain, who said there hasn’t been enough separation between the top three to make that call, all of the players understood that, “if they continued to play the way they were playing, this is the way it would end up.”

So far, the edge has gone to Glennon.

“You’ve got to go out and perform at a very high level every day, a very consistent level,” O’Cain said. “And that’s the reason Sean’s number one. It’s not because of athleticism, it’s not all because of his knowledge. It’s because of the combination of him going out from day one in spring practice to day 15 and playing very consistently.”

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