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Beamer plans to redshirt Taylor, names Glennon starter

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said Tuesday he wants to redshirt quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and that Sean Glennon will be the Hokies' starting quarterback this season.

Taylor, who played last year as a true freshman, will dress this year and travel with the team. Cory Holt will be the No. 2 quarterback. Beamer entered this summer with the goal of heading into the season opener with one quarterback, not two.

"We're going to try to redshirt Tyrod Taylor," Beamer said at his weekly news conference. "I think in the long term, thinking about our football program, if we could get this done this is what we need to do. If we can stay away from injuries and play well as an offense and get this thing done, this is good for Tyrod, having a year and continuing to learn and develop. He's only going to get better and better."

"That's our plan as of today," Beamer said. "We'll see how that goes."

Glennon completed 143 of 235 passes (60.9 percent) for 1,796 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He was named the MVP of the ACC championship game after throwing three touchdown passes in the win over Boston College.

Glennon learned he'd be the starter after practice on Saturday.

"Obviously it was what I was hoping for," he said. "That was my goal this whole offseason. I wanted to be the guy. … It's what I've been working for, and it all worked out."

Beamer used a two-quarterback system last season in part because the Hokies' pass protection wasn't as effective as it needed to be and Taylor was able to make plays with his feet. He replaced Glennon on Sept. 8 against LSU, and Glennon was the No. 2 quarterback for the next four games until Taylor got hurt against Duke.

If he sits all year, Taylor would have three years of eligibility remaining after this season, and would join a young offense that will be nurtured along this year.

The presence of Holt makes it work, Beamer said, and the decision gives the coach peace of mind heading into the No. 17 Hokies' season opener against East Carolina on Saturday.

"We talked about the move all weekend," Beamer said. "I wanted this to be settled and that is the way I like things to be. Now we know what direction we will be going in this season."

Heather Dinich blogs the ACC for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.