- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. | Virginia Tech will return to the two-quarterback system it used last season with Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon sharing the duties, coach Frank Beamer said Tuesday.

The announcement came a week after Beamer had said Glennon would be the starter while Taylor redshirted and a few days after the then No. 17 Hokies lost their season opener to East Carolina 27-22. Virginia Tech was not ranked in the AP Top 25 poll this week.

Taylor is more mobile than Glennon, a dropback passer, and Beamer said his inexperienced team needs help with its running game.

“Putting another guy in the game that can help you run the football is in our best interests,” he said. “I don’t think with young receivers you want to rely on throwing the football 40 times a game.”

The inexperienced defense is not as good as it has been in the past, Beamer said, and while the offensive line is better than it was a year ago, “we still have trouble holding up at times.”

Beamer would not say which quarterback will start Saturday at home against Furman, nor would he give any details about how they will be used.

Glennon and Taylor will not be made available for interviews this week, and other players said they had not heard of the change before the announcement.

Offensive tackle Ed Wang said he was surprised, but he also was surprised when Glennon was named the starter because the team had practiced with two quarterbacks.

“Those guys feed off each other,” tailback Kenny Lewis Jr. said. “They play to their peak performance when both of them are in there.”

Beamer stressed that the decision was not a reflection on Glennon’s performance against the Pirates, when the fifth-year senior completed 14 of 23 passes for 139 yards and was intercepted twice.

“I’m very hopeful Sean will have an NFL career,” Beamer said. “That tells you what we think about him and his talents.”

Beamer said Glennon was disappointed, but the news may have had a familiar ring. Glennon also lost the starting job last year, but it came after two games instead of one.

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