Beamer undecided on starter at QB for Florida State game

Updated: November 6, 2007, 6:36 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Although Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer wouldn't say whether junior Sean Glennon or freshman Tyrod Taylor will start at quarterback in Saturday's home game against Florida State, Glennon lobbied for the gig Tuesday.

"I hope I start [against FSU]," Glennon said. "I'm not going to make any assumptions. I know the coaches are going to go with the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win."

Glennon opened the season as the 11th-ranked Hokies' starter and then was benched after an ugly 48-7 loss at LSU on Sept. 8. Taylor, a highly regarded dual-threat quarterback from Hampton, Va., started the next five games and the Hokies won each of them.

Taylor was hurt in the first half of a 43-14 victory at Duke on Oct. 13 and didn't play in the last two games because of a high ankle sprain. Glennon came off the bench against Duke and completed 16 of 21 passes for 258 yards with two touchdowns. Glennon started the last two games.

The Hokies (7-2, 4-1 ACC) have won six of their last seven games to keep pace with No. 19 Virginia in the conference's Coastal Division standings. Virginia Tech plays Miami on Nov. 17 before finishing the regular season at Virginia on Nov. 24.

"Tyrod is back physically," Beamer said. "You have to look at the defense and figure out what is the best way to handle it. We're in the process of putting the game plan together. We'll just have to see what happens."

Glennon has played well since regaining the starting job. On Oct. 25, he nearly led the Hokies to an upset of then-No. 2 Boston College, until quarterback Matt Ryan threw two touchdowns in the final 2:11 of the Eagles' 14-10 win. Glennon had his best game at Georgia Tech on Nov. 1, completing 22 of 32 passes for 296 yards with two touchdowns. He hasn't thrown an interception in 90 pass attempts in his last six games and completed 67.8 percent of his attempts in those games.

Beamer said senior receiver/punt returner Eddie Royal won't play against the Seminoles because of a calf injury. Royal is Virginia Tech's third-leading receiver with 21 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, he is a dangerous punt returner, averaging 16.6 yards per return with two scores.

Also, Beamer said linebacker Vince Hall would miss his fourth consecutive game as he recovers from a broken left wrist. Sophomore tight end Sam Wheeler underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Mark Schlabach covers college football for ESPN.com.

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