Even grounded, Hokies can enjoy it

Had the Yellow Jackets tackled him shy of the goal line, time would have expired. But as Beamer said with a smile, "Tyrod's Tyrod."

Or, as O'Cain often tells Taylor: "You do what the good Lord has blessed you with."

No matter how well Taylor might fare on "Dancing With the Stars," the Hokies will not fare well in the ACC's Coastal Division without some semblance of a downfield passing threat.


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Of Taylor's 14 throws, none gained more than 10 yards. One, a deep incompletion intended for Macho Harris, was more than a dink.

Beamer insists Taylor is capable of throwing more intermediate and deep routes. Maybe not as well as former starter and current backup Sean Glennon, but certainly more than he's shown.

Those of us who saw Taylor — the Hokies are his team until further notice — perform at Hampton High School agree. Then why does the Hokies' pass offense appear so constipated?

O'Cain said that three or four longer patterns were called but that Taylor elected to run instead. Beamer mentioned protection problems and uncertain routes run by inexperienced receivers.

"I'm itching to let it loose," Taylor said.

"Trust me on this," Beamer said. "We're going to get more and more throws down the field. Tyrod can do it. ...

"I just know with the threats that we have in the backfield, there's going to be some linebackers that get out of place, and some safeties that get out of place, and some cornerbacks that get sucked up. That's going to be an emphasis."

The emphasis will start today, after what surely was a satisfying Saturday night.

David Teel can be reached at 247-4636 or by e-mail at dteel@dailypress.com. For more from Teel, read his blog at dailypress.com/teeltime.

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