Monday, September 8, 2008

Hokie Football & a Commentary on Sean Glennon

Alright y'all. It is officially football season--and it's what we Hokies do best. Unfortunately, our program may be a little weak this year due to the overwhelming number of newbies on the team. On August 30, we lost to ECU. ECU. We held them the entire game until the last few minutes when an interception was thrown along with a blocked kick picked up by the pirates for a few last minute points. It served as a strange reminder of the VT vs. BC game--what most Hokies would say was the worst game ever witnessed in college football (well, if you were a VT fan). It was a disheartening game at best for our season opener.

Then last weekend we played Furman and struggled to pull a win out. Does anyone even know where Furman college is? Because I didn't find out until yesterday. And the fact that we were struggling against them was not a good sign for this weekend's upcoming game against Georgia Tech. Yeah, we're not expecting to win.

The Hokies playing against Furman.

But let me take the liberty to comment on one of the most controversial issues in Hokie football: our quarterback, Sean Glennon. Why do fellow hokies "boo" him when he comes on the field? Why should Virginia Tech, a school which was set apart by a tragedy with our logo "Hokies United", not accept him and honor him as a student athlete, fellow Hokie, and our starting QB? Well I'll tell you and listen up because I'm sick of reading articles like this. Hokie fans are not as bad and as hypocritical as this article makes them out to be. Let's take a little taste of this "Hater-ade":

Sean Glennon is perhaps one of the cockiest people ever. Common sense would tell someone when it is appropriate to make comments based on their own skill. After reading a relentless amount of quotations from him about "how good of a player he is" I am fed up with it, when his skills on the field tell otherwise.

In one such quote he says, "I think I'm capable of performing at the level where they're going to have confidence in me. I want to prove to them that there's no doubt. I'm real confident that I can come out of spring as the starting quarterback."

Why would he be confident when statistics tell us otherwise? More importantly, why would Beamer (love you!) and Stinespring (notsomuch) keep playing him? The difference of fan appreciation (for lack of a better term) between Glennon and Tyrod Taylor (our formerly red-shirted sophomore QB) is astounding. Taylor has the ability to rush for yards while Glennon usually scrambles around for about 30 seconds (yes 30 seconds!) until he finds someone to pass to--and then throws an interception.

Virginia Tech's two QB's Tyrod Taylor (left), and Sean Glennon (right).
The stats say all you need to know: In 2006 Glennon threw 11 interceptions. ELEVEN. 2007 he threw 5, and this year, 2008, he's already thrown 3! In just 2 games! He had -1 rushing yards against Furman and a passing completion percentage of 37.5%.

Taylor's stats, on the other hand, proclaim that in 2007 he threw 3 interceptions, and this year he's thrown 0 (he's only played in the Furman game this season). He had 112 rushing yards against Furman (compared to Glennon's -1) and a passing completion percentage of 80%.

Last year when Glennon was demoted and true freshman Taylor became our starting QB, Glennon said that he was "too good to be standing on the sidelines". REALLY? He was publicly thinking of transferring to another school. I wish he had. "I hope the coaches realize that I need to be on the field this year. But if they don't, and at the beginning of next season I know that...I think a lot of programs would be willing to take me...I feel like I'm good enough to play on any team in this country."

"A lot of people disagree, I know, but I think I'm pretty good...I really think under ideal circumstances, my arm can match up with any defense in the country."
Remember last season, Glennon, when you lost to LSU's defense 48-7? Yeah, you shouldn't make comments like that.

And you know, fans wouldn't hate him at all if he just sucked and didn't say anything about it. We wouldn't want him to play, but we definitely wouldn't boo him. But the fact that he's cocky and constantly makes comments like the ones above makes the rest of us realize he doesn't need to be representing Virginia Tech because he's a bad player and apparently has an attitude we wish not to associate with our school.


Katherine Klegin said...

i'm pretty sure that's all that needs to be said.

oh. also...i WILL be booing glennon if he gets onto the field on saturday.

Holly said...

Couldn't have said it better myself!!

Tyrod is my homeboy.

Ben Bond said...

I am expecting My Hokies to win this weekend!!! As long as they play Tyrod

Well I Do Declare said...

I feel your pain. I am a WVU alum, and losing like we did to ECU was a tough, tough pill to swallow :(