Sunday, August 06, 2006

Hokie Football: Switcheroo

Here's an article, courtesy of The Virginian-Pilot, which mainly focuses on the current status of ex-Hampton Roads quarterbacks Greg Boone and Kam Chancellor, who are currently undergoing what many Hokie football players are doing -- changing positions. With the concept of both players most likely not being able to become a factor in the QB battle as well as possessing substantial size and speed, leave it to Frank Beamer to find one way or another to best utilize their talent, in this case, at tight end.
Two area high school QBs likely will be playing new positions for Va. Tech
By KYLE TUCKER, The Virginian-Pilot
August 6, 2006

BLACKSBURG - Greg Boone and Kam Chancellor both left South Hampton Roads as heralded high school quarterbacks. Each hoped the Hokies would give them a shot under center.

And, to an extent, they have.

Boone, the former Oscar Smith star, handled a handful of snaps in practice as he redshirted last season, then tossed a few more passes during the spring.

Chancellor, a recent Maury grad, is Tech's fourth quarterback through two days of fall practice.

But two factors should see both at new positions by the time the season starts.

First, the battle for the starting quarterback job is a three-man race with Sean Glennon, Cory Holt and Ike Whitaker - all of whom have a better grasp of the offense than Boone or Chancellor.

Second, and perhaps more important, both local products have bodies and abilities that are conducive to playing elsewhere.

Boone, a redshirt freshman, is 6-foot-3, 275 pounds (he wants to drop 15 of those) and surprisingly agile. Sounds like a tight end, right?

Given that Tech doesn't have a single experienced player at that position, Boone has already made the switch and could compete for the starting spot.

"I'll be on the field this fall," he said. "I can't sit anymore."

And Chancellor, a true freshman who has wowed the coaches since arriving this summer, could be soon to follow.

At 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, Chancellor's athleticism is hard to ignore. In summer testing, he ran the 40 in 4.54 seconds, bench-pressed 320 pounds and had a 30-inch vertical leap.

After Saturday's practice, Beamer pulled Chancellor and fellow true freshman Zach Luckett, a muscular 6-foot-3 player recruited as an athlete, to the side.

He watched both work at defensive back and receiver against each other.

"Those big guys that are fast, I'd kind of like to get them on the field," Beamer said.

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