Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hold Your Horses Twelfth Man!

By Anand “EhhTee” Trivedi

For the last series of this Saturday’s game against Duke, the coaching staff put in Ike Whitaker at quarterback. I’m sure by now you know the deal: Whitaker is extremely athletic quarterback who essentially came in second in practice to Sean Glennon. Glennon was said to be the more ready of the quarterbacks competing for the top slot this spring. We’re certain amongst the TSF circle, that there will once again be a competition in the spring and Whitaker will make the competition very interesting.

However, this year, Glennon is our quarterback. Period.

When Whitaker was announced as the new quarterback for the Hokies, a cheer went up in the crowd. A fan behind me commented on this, saying that the fans need to calm down stating that we don’t need a quarterback controversy. The fan’s companion pointed out that cheering for Whitaker is not a slight against Glennon.

They both made good points, but I think the first fan’s point is more accurate in describing the crowd’s reaction. Don’t get me wrong, Whitaker is going to be an amazing quarterback. The key word in that last sentence is ‘going.’

Glennon may have some trouble getting going in the Hokies’ campaign to 3-0, but he is improving and will continue to do so. If the fans, and through them the media, start to question Glennon’s ability while he continues to win this may cause more distractions than necessary.


Anonymous said...

I agree, but only if Beamer has the guts to change QB's if Glennon plays terribly for two games or more. If he does that, Whitaker should get a shot this year. Hopefully Glennon doesn't do that. He is playing better.

Brent said...

I agree as well. I had several Hokie fans telling me that Ike was going to see more action against Duke, and I told them they were wrong. The coaches have never indicated they've given a second thought to naming Glennon their man and I think it would take an almost unimaginable disaster for that to change.

MadJay said...

I am a huge Ike Whitaker fan, but I only want him in the game under two conditions - 1) Sean Glennon gets hurt or 2) The game is well in hand and Ike is getting his reps.

Anything other than that is a big mistake until Whitaker shows his command of the mental part of the game. Once he does, the sky is the limit for that kid.