BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) | Sean Glennon will be Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback this year while sophomore Tyrod Taylor redshirts.
“For the long term and for the good of the program, this is in our best interest,” Hokies coach Frank Beamer said Tuesday.
Cory Holt will begin the season as the nominal backup, and Taylor could be called on if Glennon can’t play but only up to a certain point in the season, Beamer said. After that date, which he did not reveal, protecting Taylor’s redshirt season will be a priority.
The decision is one Taylor supports, Beamer said.
“Tyrod wanted to redshirt, and we are trying to do what is in his best interest for him,” Beamer said.
Glennon learned he would be the starter after practice Saturday.
“Obviously it was what I was hoping for,” he said. “That was my goal this whole offseason. I wanted to be the guy. … It’s what I’ve been working for, and it all worked out.”
Glennon also began last season as the Hokies’ starter but was replaced by Taylor after a slow start in a season-opening 48-7 loss at LSU. Glennon got a second chance midway through the season when Taylor was injured and reclaimed the job by playing well.
If he sits all year, Taylor would have three years of eligibility remaining after this season and would join a young offense that will be nurtured this year.
The presence of Holt makes it work, Beamer said, and the decision gives the coach peace of mind heading into the No. 17 Hokies’ season opener against East Carolina on Saturday.
“We talked about the move all weekend,” Beamer said. “I wanted this to be settled, and that is the way I like things to be. Now we know what direction we will be going in this season.”
Glennon’s junior season was highlighted by his performance in the ACC Championship game, in which he was 18-for-27 for 174 yards with three touchdown passes against Boston College to earn the MVP.