Clayton grabs No. 2 spot for Hokies

Updated: April 20, 2009, 5:20 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Joseph "Ju-Ju" Clayton has been named the Hokies backup quarterback to Tyrod Taylor, the school announced on Monday, answering one of the program's biggest questions heading into the 2009 season.

Redshirt freshman Marcus Davis, who was competing with Clayton for the No. 2 spot this spring, will work at receiver the remainder of this week while continuing to develop his arm strength. The Hokies, who are likely to be a top 10 preseason team, have their spring game at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Lane Stadium.

"We still feel that Marcus has the capabilities to be an excellent quarterback," coach Frank Beamer said in a prepared statement. "At this very moment, we feel that Ju-Ju is ahead of him and we're encouraging Marcus to work hard on his arm strength this summer and continue to throw and we'll see where that goes.

"Coming out of high school, I felt like he could be a very good quarterback and I still feel that way. But a couple of his runs on Saturday also showed that we need to get him on the field somewhere and we're going to work on that part of it."

Clayton entered this spring with a bit of an edge over Davis, as he spent his redshirt season last fall as the quarterback on the scout team, so he was at least familiar with the position. Davis is a natural receiver, but was moved to quarterback this spring to help the depth at the position.

Clayton was the more productive of the two in a scrimmage on Saturday, completing 7-of-9 passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 34 yards, including 22-yard scramble.

Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com