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September 3, 2008

Q&A with back-up quarterback Cory Holt

By: Jimmy Robertson

Q: What was your reaction when the coaches approached you about moving back to quarterback following a stint at receiver?

CH: They told me the first day of practice and they said they didn’t know what the situation with Sean [Glennon] and Tyrod [Taylor] would be. They wanted me over there for security purposes in case Tyrod redshirts or one of them gets injured. I’m not sure what the final word is going to be, but that is how it stands right now.To be honest, I was a little disappointed [in moving back to quarterback]. But I’m not a selfish player. I’m working for the best of team. If it’s best for the team that I’m at quarterback, then I’m all for it.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish this season now that you’re the back up QB?

CH: I’d like for us to go out with a bang my senior year. We’re opening up in Charlotte, which is only about 40 minutes from my hometown. I’m hoping something good happens to me in that ball game and in the future. That would be a great way to get this season started. But if not, it’s been a fun ride. I’m just hoping I can make an impact this season.

Q: How would you describe your career at Tech?

CH: It’s been a rollercoaster. I was competing for the starting job at quarterback one spring and then I was third on the depth chart the next spring. Then I was working at receiver in the spring, and now I’m back at quarterback. It’s been a bit of a see-saw thing. But I can’t complain.

Q: Even though you haven’t played much, do you have any regrets about coming to Blacksburg and playing for Virginia Tech?

CH: None, none at all. I get that question all the time. Coach Beamer has to make decisions on what’s best for the football team. I respect his decisions. I’m all for him and for this team.

Q: After having to go to Hargrave to bolster your academics to meeting the NCAA’s eligibility standards, you have already graduated with a degree in apparel, housing and resource management, and you are pursuing a second undergraduate degree. What does that say about you?

CH: I think it says a lot about my character and my will. I came here hoping that football would lead me to other places. I quickly found out that you can’t rely on just football. You have to get an education. People like Bryan Randall and Vinnie Fuller taught me things like that.

Q: What are your plans once the season ends?

CH: I have a job offer from Camden Properties, which is a top-50 Fortune 500 company, in Charlotte (Camden’s corporate headquarters are based in Houston). I had an internship offer with them this past summer, but I declined so that I could work out here this summer, thinking that I would get myself ready to be a good receiver. But that didn’t work out.

We had a career fair up here last spring and I met with them then. They liked me and made me an offer up front. So I have something in place once the season ends.