Wednesday, September 3, 2008

QB's the talk of ACC conference call

It's all quarterbacks, all the time in Week 2 of the slowest 120 minutes in football.

• With a lack of playmakers at running back and receiver, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had no choice but to burn Tyrod Taylor's redshirt. The sophomore will share snaps with Sean Glennon this week for the Hokies against Furman.

"You've got a chance when he's in the ball game for a big play," Beamer said. "Run or the pass, he presents a threat."

Before and during the ECU game, Beamer didn't envision Taylor playing this season. Even as the Hokies' struggled with 243 yards of offense in the 27-22 loss.

"We had our plan, it never entered my mind to be quite honest," Beamer said of playing Taylor against ECU.

Glennon threw two picks against the Pirates without a touchdown and was 14 of 23 for 139 yards.

Does Beamer regret keeping Taylor on the shelf vs. ECU?

"Sometimes it takes time to make the right decision," Beamer said.

• "Everything has been positive" with Russell Wilson, N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien said. Still no timetable for the freshman's return from a concussion.

TOB reiterated freshman Mike Glennon will remain redshirted.

• Chris Turner will start for Maryland at Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Jordan Steffy, who started the 14-7 win over Delaware but was less than impressive, is out at least three weeks with a thumb injury.

Steffy has a ligament tear in his right thumb. The senior has been injury prone in his career. He started the first five games in 2007 but missed most of the final eight games after suffering a concussion against Rutgers in the fifth game.

Steffy beat out Turner and Josh Portis in the preseason but was ineffective against I-AA Delaware, completing 10 of 18 passes for just 115 yards with two interceptions.

Turner, who started seven games in 2007, played sparingly in the opener, completing 1 of 3 passes for 11 yards.

"It was close," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said of the preseason competition. "It was a very tough decision. I have a lot of confidence in Chris."

• Jimbo Fisher told Bobby Bowden who'll start at quarterback — Drew Weatherford, D'Vontrey Richardson or Christian Ponder —against Western Carolina but allegedly not the candidates, so no announcement today.

Bowden did say: "D'Vontrey and Ponder are good football players and we think we can win with them."

• Al Groh Moment of Zen:

"[USC] is as good as anything that I've personally put my eyes on. Certainly every bit the equal of the Miami and Florida State teams from the '90s."

-- J.P. Giglio