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ACC position battles -- Virginia Tech

7/24/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

We're almost through the entire league as I break down position battles to watch during summer camp. Here's a look at the spots still open in Blacksburg, Va.:

QUARTERBACK -- It's not a matter of who, it's a matter of how many. Will Sean Glennon have sole responsibility, or will he share the spotlight with Tyrod Taylor again? Frank Beamer says we'll find out this fall whether or not it's a redshirt year for Taylor.

CORNER -- Junior Stephan Virgil ended the spring atop the depth chart at the field corner spot opposite Macho Harris. Virgil was behind Brandon Flowers last season at boundary corner and saw most of his time on special teams. Redshirt freshman Cris Hill also has a chance to earn playing time.

PLACEKICKER -- Redshirt senior Dustin Keys is at the top of the chart, and made a 53-yard field goal during a spring scrimmage, but he isn't a lock yet. Tim Pisano, an invited walk-on, and redshirt sophomore Matt Waldron will be pushing him in August, along with several other invited walk-ons.

RUNNING BACK -- Kenny Lewis Jr. and Jahre Cheeseman both suffered serious injuries this spring, but are expected back in time for summer camp. Lewis is the Hokies' most experienced runner (111 career carries, 420 yards and six touchdowns), but Josh Oglesby and Darren Evans both got a lot of reps this spring. There are also high expectations for true freshman Ryan Williams.

WIDE RECEIVER -- Few, if any, receivers possess the speed of walk-on Brandon Dillard, the frontrunner at flanker coming out of the spring, but Dillard will miss the season with a ruptured Achilles. Beamer said the top candidates here are currently Zach Luckett and Danny Coale, but he's got a lengthy list to choose from which is good -- because he's got to replace his top four receivers. Ike Whitaker, Cory Holt, Patrick Terry and several freshmen are all in the mix.

Check back tomorrow for Wake Forest.