Class of 2014 First Look: Travon McMillian

While most of HokieNation's attention to replace Logan Thomas has been focused on Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin, Scot Loeffler's first quarterback commitment of the 2014 cycle was Travon McMillian (6-0, 200, C.D. Hylton Woodbridge, Virginia).

McMillian is a prospective engineering student who had offers from several ACC schools along withTennessee and Auburn. In 2013 he completed 97 of 169 passes for 1,472 yards and 17 scores, and also rushed for 1,537 yards on 166 attempts and 20 scores. In 2012 he racked up 1,326 yards and 12 touchdowns, and ran for 1,242 yards and 16 scores.

Despite being named VHSL 6A offensive player of the year, McMillian is discussed among fans as a high school quarterback who will transition to a different position. Kam Chancellor and Greg Boone were also high school quarterbacks who had great careers in Blacksburg at new positions.

But, McMillian has been assured by Loeffler that he will have the opportunity to compete for playing time at the quarterback position, and Hylton Coach Tony Lilly certainly feels like he will be a good college quarterback. "He's a high school Peyton Manning is what he is," Lilly said in a February 2013 interview with Preston Williams of the Washington Post. "The kid probably studies more film than I do. He's wearing me out this offseason with plays and schemes that he comes up with that kind of fall in line with some of the things we do. He's a kid that I'd hire as a coach pretty quickly."

Unlike most high school signal callers that are labeled "athletes" by recruiting services, Travon McMillian is definitely a quarterback. When you watch McMillian on film, he excels at the nuances of quarterback play that are under-appreciated by fans (riding the mesh point on the option, footwork in the pocket, keeping the football in position to throw, using head and shoulder fakes to influence defensive backs). McMillian not only wants to be a quarterback, but he has put in extensive work to develop all the learned skills of quarterback play that some players never master. When you couple that refinement with a good arm, a knack for make big plays at critical moments with both his arm and his legs, and a competitive streak that carried his team to a spectacular comeback 22 point comeback against Tim Settle, Greg Stroman, and their Stonewall Jackson teammates, McMillian is not someone to underestimate in the upcoming quarterback battle.

McMillian has been undervalued as a pocket passer. He has excellent mechanics and presence in the pocket, and he doesn't look to run before pressure or coverage dictates it like many young QBs. He is calm, accurate, and he gives his receivers chances to make plays.

Let's take a look at McMillian as a passer. It is rare that you see a quarterback go through multiple reads and stand in the pocket at such a young age. The initial coverage prevents him from hitting his first read.

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McMillian starts out looking right, and tries to pump fake his receiver open. Instead of abandoning the pocket, he looks to his second read, and then comes back to his receiver on the left who is breaking open despite being triple covered on a post route. The entire time, the ball is up at McMillian's ear, ready to throw. When he sees the receiver break open, he throws a nice deep ball (slightly underthrown but the ball travels 52 yards in the air) for a touchdown.

Here is another deep throw where McMillian is poised and patient in the pocket as his receiver breaks open deep.

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Here again, he scans the entire field instead of panicking and running. He looks right to hit the skinny post off the dive fake (a staple of Loeffler's offense with Thomas and D.J. Coles last season). Then he comes back to his safety valve in the left flat. Finally he looks deep to the left post route, gets the defenders to sit on the route, and then lofts the ball over their heads to the fourth read standing alone in the deep corner of the endzone. Note, McMillian is on the right hash, so this ball is traveling well over 50 yards in the air back to the opposite pylon.

McMillian has a solid arm and his mechanics make longer throws easier. Here he throws a beautiful post route in perfect rhythm. He is a quarterback.

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At the same time, McMillian is a tremendous athlete. He has excellent escapability and uses it to break contain and give his receivers additional time to get open.

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McMillian can also be an impact player in the running game. Not only is he a tremendous athlete, but as an option quarterback he does an excellent job at reading the option man and then riding the mesh point to get the defender to bite on the dive fake. By keeping the football hidden in the belly of the dive back until the last second, it allows the quarterback extra time to read the defense and often it will get the defender to bite on the fake. This opens even more space for the quarterback to do damage.

McMillian's fake is so good that even though both defensive ends are unblocked and less than 2 yards from the mesh point, both bite on the dive fake.

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Freeze frame the play, and you can see how McMillian has no space, but completely fools the defensive line.

Here again, McMillian rides the mesh point. The defensive end, who has dive on the play, crashes hard on the dive back, but the outside linebacker, who is unblocked and should take the quarterback on the play, also gets sucked right down to the dive.

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McMillian uses the correct angle to get to the edge as quickly as possible, and he gets well over 10 yards before any safety support comes up. His athleticism finishes the play with six points, but his fundamentals put him in the position to make the play.

Loeffler used some elements of the read option last season, but Logan Thomas lacked the speed to threaten the edge. That limited the Hokie read option mostly to inverted veer plays where the back is the outside threat and the quarterback is the inside threat.

Finally, the kid plays with guts. He runs with the same reckless abandon as Chris Durkin. He isn't a fullback at quarterback, but he gets up the field, bounces off contact, and finishes runs.

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Even if he doesn't end up at quarterback, I can tell that McMillian is a kid who will work hard to learn the fundamentals of any position he is asked to play. At Hylton, he even took snaps at other positions, which allowed him to work at new skills and give experience to the next Hylton quarterback. Here McMillian scores a touchdown as running back on a read option. This kid will help the program wherever he plays.

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So, Scott Loeffler finds himself in a unique situation. It is unfair to say one of the Virginia Tech quarterback prospects is "better" than the other two. Each quarterback has very unique skillsets that must be utilized in a unique offensive system, and Loeffler's 2013 offense gave us glimpses of each of those styles.

Andrew Ford is the air-raid/spread style passer who can identify the receiver that has the best matchup. He can be incredibly accurate throwing to the spot where the receiver will break open. Chris Durkin looks to be a potential game-breaker as an inverted veer single-wing style quarterback. Durkin could be a workhorse runner at QB, while also using his feet to give his receivers extra time down field. When protection breaks down, Dukin can make big plays by scrambling out of the pocket. Travon McMillian is a prototypical spread style quarterback like Marquis Williams and Anthony Boone. McMillian excels running read option and is a calm and confident pocket passer who can make throws off read fakes and in pass pro. While McMillian isn't as big as Durkin, he runs effectively in between the tackles on the inverted veer and get yards after contact. If Loeffler is considering playing a freshman in 2014, the style of offense will make a major difference in who will win the job.

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Comments

I'm so ready to watch this QB competition this spring. "Get your popcorn ready"

All these QBs to choose from.... you're tearing me apart, Lisa!

Just another gut-wrenching, can't breathe, I lost my voice, not now, did that just happen, just gimme this one, Virginia Tech Saturday

Quick release and poise. I might be rooting for this guy.

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He looks like the best fit for this hybrid offense.

It really all depends on this o-line.

I know there is more talk / likelihood of him going to another position than the other QBs, but I wonder why McMillian's name hasn't been thrown around more when discussing the Ford, Motley, Leal etc race. Just based on film and measurables, is he behind in the potential pecking order?

Quite an interesting group competing for the starting QB job - Leal, Motley, Ford, Durkin, and McMillian. I don't remember ever seeing this many QBs competing for the job.

We'll see three of them - Leal, Motley, and Ford - during Spring Practice, and I believe our 2014 starter will come out of that group.

Durkin and McMillian certainly have the physical skills to take the job in the Fall once they arrive - the only thing holding them back will be learning the playbook. I wonder if Lefty has already sent them a copy to study until they arrive?

The way he extends the play and looks down field reminds me of Tyrod. As a Jr/Sr. This kid looks that polished out of high school, with better mechanics. I trust Lefty to make the right decision, but I'm pulling for this guy.

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I had the same thought at times looking at the highlights:
Hey! That is Tyrod-esque!
Then I got kinda warm inside.

Every time I watch a new film review on one of these quarterbacks, I keep saying, "Now I think HE's the best one for the job. I'm really excited about all three of these guys!"

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^^^This! Yea, I think the Spring Practice time gives Ford an edge on learning the playbook and what Lefty wants. Other then that these guys are all exciting. A great QB battle in the Fall. As I said before, nothing against Leal, but he's gonna be looking in his rear view mirror a bunch and that gives the younger guys and edge on him.

Also, as stated in this piece, each of these guys has their own pluses and minuses and perhaps that doesn't by itself determine whom the starter will be. But how they fit into what Lefty wants and his priorities (see Andy's interview) will decide. I'm sticking with Ford, but what the heck do I know?

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He sure does look like a QB to me but definitely understand the need to get him on the field in some capacity.

With all the WRs and RBs coming in I wonder where he fits if he moves away from QB.

I don't have any film of him playing DB, but he does have a running stride that is very similar to Macho Harris.

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After these QB profiles from French I was expecting to have a clearer conclusion on exactly who is ahead of the others in this race, but after reading all three I honestly can see each one of them throwing yard all day for the Hokies. I became a Hokie in 1995 and from that year until now I simply cannot recall any time where we had such a promising crop of highly talented QBs in Blacksburg. Not to mention Motley who I think is a serious contender as well, and Leal who at least at this point is QB1.

I am very impressed and extremely excited to see the Hokies moving the ball with authority in the very near future.

My only worry upon reading these reviews and watching your clips is the following. Has the days of taking the snap from under the center passed? It looks like all of these quarterbacks take the snap out of the shotgun or pistol formation only.

Loeffler is on the record as saying his system, ideally, begins with the QB under center and everything else comes from that. But Logan didn't have the mechanical soundness and Lefty's trust to consistently execute the under-center stuff (until late in the year, at least). I expect that we'll see much more under-center ace and I looks from the offense next spring. At the HS level, there are definitely a lot of teams running spread because it's easy to install, is made of a few basic moving parts that aren't too complex for a HS kid to learn, is successful against the less-skilled defenses that abound in HS, and is fun to play. At higher levels of football there will almost always be a role for under-center as part of an elite offense, the run game and play-action advantages are too great to give up against elite defenses.

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His willingness to stay committed to the pass when things break down is a huge plus to me. Sounds like him and Ford will be seeing each other in the film room, which is something I love to see in a QB. The fact that he looks like such a refined passer compared to an athlete and his coaches comments on how great of an overall QB he is (looks like it), I'm somewhat worried he might transfer if he perceives he didn't get a fair shake in Blacksburg.

i've been thinking if durkin doesnt win the starting job he'll be gone based on a lot of his and lefty's comments. has travon said anything similar in the press?

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I haven't seen anything, but it could turn out to be a sticky situation. With Durkin potentially being on the transfer watch list like you said and Ford being the main recruited QB initially enrolling early, those two definitely have a leg up in my opinion, especially since they are the two touted prospects. Durkin and Ford as far as I can tell wouldn't/couldn't move to another position, whereas the coaching staff may be open to moving McMillian around (especially if he has experience playing other positions in high school).

Combine all of that with Joel Caleb being a highly touted in-state guy and not really finding a role yet, a good RB and WR recruiting class, and a secondary that seems pretty put together with young talent (Fuller, Facyson, Reavis, and Fischer), I'm not sure where McMillian would fit or whether he would want to take a shot at QB elsewhere if he feels he's out of the running.

This is the unfortunate downside of such a competition. We like all the guys but can only have one starting QB. The major plus is that Loeffler WILL find the best guy for us. I think the QB and RB positions are both set up for a potential transfer or two over the next couple years but think this weeding process is the best way to get the right talent on the field.

I wish them all the best of luck and hope all stay in Blacksburg. I have read enough to know they are special players and know from experience that Blacksburg is a special place.

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I'm probably being pessimistic, but for me the question is not "if" but "how many" will transfer. I suppose that's the problem with having to jump-start depth at the QB position. It would at least open some scholarships for another deep class.

I suppose in a perfect world one of Ford & Durkin win the job, the other decides to wait 3-4 years, and McMillian switches positions and becomes an impact skill player. However, given French's analysis, I would think McMillian would believe in his own skills and want to remain a QB. If Leal comes out on top the situation remains the same for the most part, just shifted a year. Who knows what happens if Motley wins the job. If any of these three have serious aspirations of making the NFL then I can't see how they would stay in a situation that is only going to provide one year to start.

(Alternate ideal scenario, Ford or McMillian wins the starting job, the other waits his turn as QB2, and Durkin switches to TE/H-Back. No sarcastica if you can believe it).

I really get a Tyrod feel out of this guy after watching the film. He seems to really mimic him in multiple ways. Maybe I just feel more comfortable with a more mobile guy after watching our last few immobile QB's take a beating, or maybe I really like knowing that 3rd and 31 is a managable down. Either way, I am excited this guy is a Hokie!

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I think he's got that tyrod feel when he scrambles sometimes, but he's much more committed to passing than tyrod was his freshman/sophomore years.

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I don't see that similarity to Tyrod. Durkin is much more comparable to Tyrod in terms of escapability and shiftiness, plus he has some of the same habits with making his first read and then running.

McMillian reminds me of Maurice Deshazo (granted, Deshazo wasn't running much read option.) His fundamentals are so strong in that read option game that there really isn't a VT QB that you can compare that part of his game too, other than Carlis Parker. Parker did not have nearly the same quality arm that McMillian does.

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For me, it was watching him in the pocket upright, but the feet choppin' waiting to see if he would pass it or put on the jets.

At the same age (key point) Tyrod was one read and gone (and sometimes no read and gone.) McMillian is MUCH more patient in the pocket, and I still think McMillian is much more of a straight line runner than Tyrod ever was.

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The fourth highlight brought back memories of Tyrod for me. He escapes some pressure, spins, and is immediately looking downfield. I remember Tyrod doing the same, looking for Coale or Boykin. McMillian has a ton of athletic ability; can't wait to see what he can do.

With 3 completely different styles, how does Loeffler actually effectively evaluate them and decide on a starter? Considering he would have to adjust and cater the offense to each one, how can he effectively and efficiently evaluate each guy's strengths and weaknesses over just a few weeks?

It'll largely be determined by the strengths of the rest of the offense. Think of it as pretty much the reverse of last year, where we knew what we had at QB and built an offense around that. Now, Loeffler has the opportunity to see what he has on the line and at the skill positions and then pick a QB who fits those skill sets. Obviously, fundamentals, poise, knowing the playbook, performance in scrimmages, etc. will all be factors in the race, but again I think the rest of the offense will have a pretty big impact on who the next VT QB is. This is gonna be easily the most fun spring to watch since I've been a Hokie (2009).

This is going to be one heck of a QB competition. All three of these guys have a heck of a lot of potential- I think it'll just come down to who unlocks that potential first.

As for us fans, we just get to do this.

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How is Travon's accuracy?

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I'd watch the entire video French posted. Even though they're highlight plays, his accuracy looks pretty good. On a couple of throws he kind of left it up to the receiver to make the play, but I think it looked good.

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So this is a big decision point for Leoffler. He will get to decide what kind of offense he really wants to run. He can set up a true pro style offense with a drop back guy and power running game. He can try and redo last year with mainly a shotgun set and Inverted Veer. He can set up a spread offense and run the zone read more. He has guys to build an offense around now. he has the QBs, he has different skill set running backs.

I wouldn't mind seeing the pro style personally. I think all 3 of these QBs could work in a pro style and I think a true running game could emerge from it with Williams and McKenzie and Reid as a serious speed threat. We have some big receivers coming in that would fit nicely. I am excited for spring ball to start

Side note to this post:

Spring ball is a lot more about putting the base offense in and teaching. Will Leoffler have already decided what he wants this offense to be for the fall by spring practice? Will we see a smorgasbord of offensive sets? I am curious.

Most of us are just fans, so this question is to French & the rest of the KP staff, and all those who have more technical knowledge:

We have what looks to be a 5-way race at this point.

I know you can't read Loeffler's mind, but if you were him, what is your formula to determine your starting QB from spring ball through fall practice?

What are the fundamental skills your QB must have?

What are the key plays your QB must be able to make, regardless of the direction your play book takes?

What sort of drills do you run, outside of the playbook, that will help you determine which QB is separating himself from the rest?

My answers in summary:

The QB has to have the right footwork and mechanics to deliver an accurate ball. Stepping to your target, aligning your shoulders. This leads to the next part, accuracy. Who is the most accurate in the pocket, who is the most accurate on the move? Which guy has poise and composure? I don't think arm strength will really be a deciding factor because all of these guys are more than capable of making the throws that need to be made right now. The deep out across the field isn't exactly a staple in our playbook.

I think the QB will need to be able to be accurate on the crossing routes, the short outs, the slant and the seam. If I were a coach, those would be the throws I needed to see consistency on.

As far as drills, maybe some that work on footwork and throwing in rhythm. Something that will show me the guy can progress through reads and make the correct reads pre-snap and during the play.

Some things will work themselves in practice when they see that one guy just isn't ready for the speed of the game at this level kind of thing. Injuries could play a big part as well if one guy goes down in the spring or fall and misses time and reps.

I agree with you as far as QB skills go.
Loeffler needs a QB who can run his passing offense and make the throws, read the defense and make his progressions. McMillian seems to have the skills to do this already (considering a lot of this is film study and technique, something Travon excels at.) He also has the running skills and veer technique to make him a real threat in the running game, something that he has over Ford and Leal.

Could he end up being situational QB #2 behind Durkin, running short yardage and goal-line plays? I hope not, because it seems his play is more polished than Leal or Durkin's. I think McMillian has the upside to make the two-deep his first year, which says a lot for him.

Seeing the review of the 3 QBs of this year's class, I think Leal will be looking over his shoulder all spring. It wouldn't even surprise me to see one of these true freshmen take over the starting job mid-season, after the bye week or after some less-than-stellar QB play.

From this film review, it looks like Mr. McMillian is definitely in the discussion for next year's Hokie QB.

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I'll take a stab at this.
First, Loeffler has said anyone who plays QB for him has to be smart and he has to be tough. So essentially, the smartest, toughest guy is gonna win. I think his QB is absolutely going to have to be able to take care of the football. So it doesn't matter much if Durkin can throw that deep out if he consistently throws it against a CB with outside leverage while his slot receiver running a slant is wide open. So #1, QB has to take care of the ball. I think apart from that, it's whatever Lefty feels most comfortable with in terms of the rest of the offense. The QB is going to have to be comfortable taking snaps under center, from the pistol and from the shotgun - the drops/footwork, timing throws, handoffs, etc. Most likely, he'll have to have some skills making the correct reads in the read option game. As for drills, I'm not sure you can run just a couple drills and there ya go, you've got a QB. I'd say scrimmages and team drills are going to be where you see guys distance themselves - does he take care of the ball, make the right reads, and put the ball where it needs to be? The guy who does that while demonstrating he can lead the team gets the job.

I am excited for the QB competition this spring/summer but if Searels can't get the hogmollies up front to block for anybody then it wont matter who the QB is. It all starts up front on both sides of the ball.

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When was the last time the QB 'competition' wasn't just a 1 or 2 horse race in Blacksburg?

I'm pumped to even have 5 guys in contention for it. Competition breeds excellence...It's also nice not being OVERLY concerned with what will happen in the event that an injury occurs...it seems we have great options...and several of them.

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Fellow Hokies, I do believe it is safe to say that the QB competition during this spring practices are going to be EPIC! #AWESOME#GoHokies!

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You know what they say about QB's. If you have two, you don't have one. Or something like that. Hopefully 1 or 2 of them really separate themselves early so we can focus on getting them ready and getting the offense installed around them. If this "open" competition lasts too long, it will only hurt us on the field in 2014.

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Good looking highlights. I'm also interested to see how the QB battle plays out.

My one comment would be that on many passing highlights it seemed like the d-line didn't apply much pressure, probably for fear of Travon breaking the pocket and running for a big gain. Travon showed excellent patience in going through his reads and waiting for a receiver to get open, but I would expect him defenders to come after him rather than sit back at the college level.

Another great review of a new Hokie. Comparisons to TT seem to be legit. As was the case when TT's RS's were burned in his Fr & So seasons, I'd wager that OL play might be the major determinant in who starts at QB in 2014. I like our OL better that in TT's 1st two years and I expect continued improvement, but their play will be a major factor.

Sweet Ford's the guy. Nevermind, Durkin baby. Wait wait wait. This Travon kid is taking us all the way, no doubt about it. Ok now my head hurts. Is it April 26th yet?

Our offensive line won't be great next year so..... Travon for QB. Even if that guy COULDN'T throw the ball, he would win football games for us with is feet.

Thinking about our potential......Three stud RB's plus a QB who can SCOOT AND THROW. Two wide receivers at 6'2"+ (that aren't named Marcus Davis) plus another 4 star WR.....Boys, I'm getting pretty damn excited. How this class ended up at just #25 in the country is SILLY. Next year we could get to 10 wins. The year after that, we f***in better win the damn conference!

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Any particular reason you feel the offensive line won't be great? I don't know about anyone else, but I'm pretty excited to see what Searles does with the Oline and I think he isn't going to disappoint.

I think the line will be okay. It will not be a strength of our offense and if we want to sit back and throw, it should be really good. If we want to run the damn ball, the oline better be pretty damn good. We were better than expected last year, but to me, that was a step up from mediocre. Put a playmaker at QB while we're still coaching up the line we need, and let's see how it goes.

We will have 3 capable tight ends to work with in the fall which could play an important factor in our success.

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Yes- they really improved over the last season. Have Gibson and J McG experienced at tackle, Wang at C, Benedict at one G (or T) and Farris at the other G. All players who started the entire year or at least several games. Add in Alston Smith, Teller, Shuman, Osterloh and Taraschke- all guys who sound like they are about ready and I think we'll be very good.

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Hey man, I hope you're right. From my personal experience, improvements are a process. I wouldn't be shocked if we competed in the ACC title game and put up a good fight though...if Travon is playing. And yep, I know full well that I say that without ever seeing the kid in a tech uni.

I've seen enough athletic guys making it happen at QB, even with little talent around.

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I think you just got me a heck of a lot more excited about this kid. It's a shame he isn't one of the early enrollees, I think that would have given him a better chance to stick at QB. It's going to be an exciting battle this spring.

Is summer camp enough time for Durkin and McMillian to adjust to the college game? I love their potential but one month doesn't seem like enough time to adjust and make a big impact next year. At least not without considerable growing pains in game situations

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2014: Leal, Motley...Ford, Durkin and McMillian redshirt with Ford being the "emergency QB" because he was here for spring practice

2015: Holy shit this going to be entertaining. If one of the freshman start, I'd expect one of the two to transfer.

This is the first chance I've ever had to review some of McMillian's highlight tape and I'm pretty impressed. He's got a stronger arm than I'd thought. A couple of those throws were big-time throws, especially the one where he was rolling out to his left and threw a 50-yarder across his body.

With all the hype over Ford and Durkin (all of which is deserved, IMHO), McMillian seems to have been somewhat overlooked. But I think he may very well wind up being a serious factor in our QB situation.

Honestly, I don't think that there's another program in the country who signed a better group of QB recruits this year than Ford, Durkin & McMillian.

How does he look when the pocket is breaking down? It looked like the other team was only bringing 2 guys on some of those blitzes, and he had all day back there. Do his fundamentals break down with a pass-rusher bearing down on him, or does either he step through the throw and take the hit or slide in the pocket?

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Love everything you have done for us, Leal, but at this point, I want to see what the trio of Ford, Durkin, and McMillian can do for us.

This is going to be one hell of a QB battle going forward. 3 4* recruits who all excel at different areas while still being great QB prospects is extremely exciting. I can't wait to see what this class does for VT on the field. I just have the overwhelming belief that we're on the precipice of the next great chapter in VT football, and I can't wait for it to begin.

QB competition will be decided by the performance of the O-line this Spring. Period.

I think this is partially true. But the line improved last year, and as I've always said, just getting "average" out of an offensive line would be a huge step up for us, and allow us more options at QB than we had before.

I'm one of the lonely Glennon apologists, who believes he could have been a stellar QB for us had the line been the least bit dependable.

If you can safely expect to not be pressured by a 4 man rush (much less the sieve we'd show against a D2 4 man rush), just about any good QB is going to have opportunities to shine.

I think Grimes set some terrific standards in performance and culture at Tech, and from all we hear, Searels is the man who can take that framework and build on it. I have a hard time believing the line won't show more improvement this year.

The fact that our O-lines consistently under-performed against lesser talent and basic schemes was all the info Beamer ever needed to fire Newsome with extreme prejudice. I expect I will always harbor just a little anger against him for sticking with Coach Sieve as long as he did. The justifications were just ludicrous, and the way the players & fans were treated for pointing it out was damn near inexcusable.

That small bit of venting aside, I'm absolutely pumped about the new vigor & the direction out team is headed.

I completely agree with everything you have said. Even the Glennon part. If Glennon had the luxury of a Stanford type OL he had could have developed into a very solid QB and NFL prospect. I can't wait to see the continued progress of the OL. With a better-than-average OL any style of QB can be successful here and we will have our first true QB competition in a VERY long time.

Gotta disagree with the Glennon part. His arm strength was weak.

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Maybe I'm remembering this wrong, but I always thought Glennon had a hell of an arm, but he just made some very careless throws.

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This is accurate. There's a reason he was a 4-star recruit out of high school. He didn't have LT3 arm strength (few do), but he could still sling it.

Glennon was a 4-star recruit because of that and Eddie Royal. He did have a strong arm though, just no time/pocket to be able to get off a good pass.

I'll agree with the Royal part but not the arm strength. In fact, in the CFA bowl who was it that threw the TD pass?

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Care to support your position with some actual facts? Just saying "no, his arm was weak" makes for a pretty poor discussion. Glennon made lots of good throws. Sure, a supporting cast always makes the QB look good, but Royal wasn't the only reason Glennon was a 4*. Guy had some skills and made plenty of excellent throws for VT. Plenty of mistakes, too, but I agree with the O-line argument. He was constantly under pressure.

I don't even know why we're still having this discussion. I'm sorry but I thought the title was "First Look:Travon McMillian" not "Sean Glennon: Shoulda, woulda, coulda if..." Let's refocus here on the optimistic future of the position. Any of these guys would bury both glennons with that o line.

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He had plenty of arm strength. His decision making left a lot to be desired, and combined with the weak OL he played behind, it was a recipe for disaster. When he had time to throw, and he wasn't touched, he could dink and dunk down the field, but he didn't have a good pocket presence, and it killed us. Even with all the OL issues, his internal clock was always a half second too slow, and it caused more stalled drives and turnovers than there should have been. The meltdown in the CFA bowl wasn't completely his fault, but he had a lot to do with it.

Yeah, Sean Glennon was really hurt by the fact that we had an O line that couldn't stop a high school defense, he had NO peripheral vision, and a fan base that wanted a scrambling QB rather than a pocket passer. That is still the case for a lot of the fans. They want every new QB to be the next Mike Vick, Bryan Randall, Tyrod Taylor, etc.

I agree. Mike Glennon does have a hell of an arm.

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