Why Ju Ju Clayton will Make Virginia Tech a Deeper Team

Brad SmithContributor IApril 24, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 01: Virgina Tech fans celebrate during the FedEx Orange Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Dolphin Stadium on January 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Going into spring practice, one of the biggest questions facing the Virginia Tech football staff was, "who will be backing up Tyrod Taylor at Quarterback this season?"  With both Sean Glennon and Cory Holt gone, the Hokies had to choose from Ju Ju Clayton and Marcus Davis, neither of whom had taken a snap in the Hokies offense.

On Monday, Tech head coach Frank Beamer officially named the redshirt freshman, Clayton, as the backup to Taylor.  While both players showed promise in spring practice, Clayton emerged as the stronger candidate.

With this decision now behind them, the Tech staff must now decide how to keep Marcus Davis involved in the offense. 

While it looks as if Davis may not be behind center for now, there is a way to keep him on the field. "A couple of his runs on Saturday showed that we need to get him on the field somewhere," Beamer said, "and we're going to work on that part of it."

Before switching to Quarterback his senior year at Ocean Lakes High School, in Tidewater, Davis was an imposing receiver threat. Davis has been working at that position for the for the final week of spring practice and at Saturday's Spring Game.

He is listed at 6' 4", 231 pounds, with a 40 yard time of 4.5 seconds, and can only add to the competition of the young Hokie receiving core.

Finding an option to get the most out of both Clayton and Davis is in the best interest of the team and will allow the Hokies to keep their best athletes on the field.