Ju-Ju Clayton Named Virginia Tech's No. 2 Quarterback

Tobye DavidContributor IAugust 23, 2009

BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 01:  A Virginia Tech Hokie fan supports the team during the second half of their 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 it's second scrimmage yesterday, and finally answered the question that has been hanging for the last several days. Ju-Ju Clayton will become the Hokie's backup quarterback, and Logan Thomas will redshirt.

Earlier last week, all reports seemed to hint that Thomas, a freshman phenom, had pulled ahead of Clayton and would likely be named the No. 2. Thomas was continuing to impress in practice, and Clayton appeared to be slipping behind. 

After Saturday's scrimmage, however, Clayton appeared to have impressed enough to be named Taylor's backup. 

The issue of backup at VT is a serious one. The Hokies have had injuries to starting quarterbacks in six seasons during Beamer's tenure, and have several times, including last year's Florida State game, had to resort to their third string QB. 

This year, both Clayton, and Thomas, while talented, have absolutely no game experience in which to draw upon. 

It appears that while Thomas appears to have more natural ability at the position, the VT coaching staff felt that Clayton had a better grip on the playbook and more knowledge of the system than Thomas. 

Thomas, who was recruited as a tight end, has shown enormous potential, and could possibly be the quarterback of the future after Tyrod Taylor's tenure. If so, the decision to redshirt seems to be a sound one. If the Hokie staff sees future potential in Thomas, a redshirt season to immerse himself in the system could be invaluable. 

Now, the question becomes, who will be named third string quarterback? Let the debates begin. 

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