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Taylor: Depth makes him a dual threat

Tyrod Taylor is the key to the run at a national championship that Virginia Tech fans are hoping is in the offing in 2010.

The key to Taylor’s season, and thus the Hokies’ season, could be the continued development of his backups.

“We’re much better-equipped at backup quarterback this year than we were last year at this time,” Tech coach Frank Beamer said, talking about his #2 quarterback, redshirt sophomore Ju-Ju Clayton, and his #3, redshirt freshman Logan Thomas.

“Number one, Ju-Ju has had a lot of reps. Number two, Logan has been there the whole time, at spring practice. So we’re much more ready for a second quarterback to come in there than we were last year at this time,” Beamer said.

Cracking the code, what Beamer is saying there is that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring can feel a little more assured unleashing Taylor’s full complement of skills. After running for 738 yards in 2008, when he split time at QB with Sean Glennon, Taylor ran for just 370 yards in 2009 as Stinespring and Beamer pushed Taylor to stay in the pocket and avoid the injury bugaboos that took him off the field for stretches in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

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