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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Hokies' backup QB being pushed

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Virginia Tech backup quarterback Ju-Ju Clayton shouldn't be too comfortable with his spot on the depth chart. Coach Frank Beamer said on Thursday's ACC spring teleconference that redshirt freshman Mark Leal has been pushing Clayton for the No. 2 job, and that will continue into the summer.

"The guy who's really come along is Mark Leal," Beamer said. "I've really been impressed with him the last couple of scrimmages. Last night we did some scrimmage work and he's calm, he's got a good arm, he's made some people miss, kept plays alive. I look forward to seeing him in a game. Ju-Ju Clayton has been a steady guy for us."

"There's always competition," Beamer said. "We want them to challenge Logan [Thomas], too. Competition at every position, everyone gets better. That's the way we want it."