Weekend rewind: Tyrod Taylor's big scrimmage


If Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor plays this season the way he did in Saturday's scrimmage, the Hokies increase their chances of being a legitimate national title contender.

Taylor completed 16 of 17 pass attempts -- including his first 10 -- for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andre Smith on his third play from scrimmage. He also completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Darren Evans and a 35-yard touchdown to Dyrell Roberts.

His lone incompletion was a throwaway to avoid a sack.

I spoke with running backs coach Billy Hite last week and asked him just how productive he thought this offense could be. Without hesitation, his first response was about Taylor's improvement:

"I really, really think Tyrod is a much-improved quarterback," Hite said. "We're very pleased with where he is right now. He's throwing the ball very well. He can beat you with his arm or his feet. Just watching him be a leader out there, the way he takes control of that huddle, he understands the game so much more than what he did last year. It's really been interesting to see the progress he's made."