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August 26, 2008

QB Tyrod Taylor elects to redshirt

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has announced that sophomore quarterback Tyrod Taylor will redshirt this year. Taylor has elected to take the redshirt season. Meanwhile Sean Glennon has officially landed the No. 1 job.

"First of all, concerning our quarterbacks," Beamer said. "We're going to try to redshirt Tyrod Taylor. I think in the long term this is the best thing for our program and we want to get this done. This is what we need to do if we can stay away from injuries and play well as an offense."

Beamer went on about the decision.

"For Tyrod, having a year to continue to learn and develop is only going to get him better and better," he said. "The two quarterbacks worked, but one didn't put themselves ahead. What we are hoping is that Sean with his experience, he has been successful in several situations. He has made really good plays for Virginia Tech. We want to play him and get Tyrod Taylor a redshirt, so we can have him three more years in the long term. That is good for Virginia Tech and that is our plan as of today. We'll see how it goes."

What was Taylor's reaction to that?

"I think Tyrod wants to do this too," Beamer said. "I think it's in the long term best interest of our football program and what is in the best interest of the kid. It gives him another year to develop and we can have him three more years."

Barring injury Taylor will redshirt, although Beamer touched on that aspect more.

"Cory Holt is our No. 2, but if something happened we would go back to Tyrod," he said. "We haven't set a time on things. Things change quickly in this business from week to week and even quarter to quarter. At this time, this is what we want to do."

The Hampton, Va. quarterback entered his true freshman year last season as the No. 2 quarterback, but played half of the LSU game and led the Hokies to their only touchdown in the game.

Taylor finished the 2007 season playing in 11 games completing 72-of-134 for 927-yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. He posted 102 carries for 429-yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

Taylor was in a competitive battle with redshirt senior quarterback Sean Glennon who will be starting his third year as the Hokies signal caller. Glennon has thrown for over 4,100-yards, 25 touchdowns and 16 touchdowns in three years with the Hokies.


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