Blacksburg Buzz: Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Williams Make Big Plays in Spring Scrimmages

Jacob FlinchumCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Head coach Frank Beamer of the Virginia Tech Hokies looks on after the Hokies 17-7 win over the East Carolina Pirates on September 1, 2007 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Virginia Tech held a mini scrimmage on Wednesday, April 8 and a full scrimmage on Friday, April 10 that was open to the public. Both were enough to give the Blacksburg faithful something to be excited about.

The Hokies had four plays go over 60 yards.

The first was when Tyrod Taylor scampered for a 65-yard score. This one isn't so surprising; I mean, we all know what this kid can do with his legs.

The next big play came from the defense as the 6'0", 187-pound sophomore Eddie Whitley picked off a pass and took it back 61 yards for the touchdown.

These two plays helped electrify the 40-play mini scrimmage on April 8 and started the buzz of how good this team really can be.

The next two came in the full 80-play scrimmage that took place on April 10 in front of the Blacksburg faithful that showed up to watch.

The Hokies gave them something to talk about yet again.

Taylor was at it again, but this time getting it done with his arm. Taylor launched a strike to redshirt sophomore Danny Coale, who got past fellow redshirt sophomore Chris Hill for a 62-yard score.

The next was from a long anticipated force. On his very first carry, redshirt freshman Ryan Williams sliced up the middle and was gone. Williams wasn't even touched on his way to the 80-yard burn.

Williams rushed for 122 yards and only touched the ball eight times.

If that doesn't get fans excited, then I don't know what will.

Sophomore Ju-Ju Clayton also got in the scoring mix, throwing a 44-yard touchdown to Tony Gregory, a freshman out of Virginia Beach.

Clayton finished the scrimmage 5-of-10 for 101 yards and one touchdown.

The final score though the air came from redshirt freshman Marcus Davis, who is also battling for the backup role, as he threw a 40-yard strike to Patrick Terry.

With a couple more weeks of spring practices, concluding with the annual spring game on April 25, the Hokies have showed that they have the ability to stretch the field. Questions about the stability of the offense are getting answered, and with all right, there is excitement for the upcoming 2009 season.