There was big news regarding Virginia Tech’s quarterback competition on Tuesday night, but it’s not what you might think.
Instead of naming a starter, Virginia Tech Head Coach Justin Fuente said that true freshman quarterback Josh Jackson has fought his way into the competition between Jerod Evans and Brenden Motley, and that it is now a three-way race.
“He’s had a really good camp and a great summer,” Fuente said. “Don’t overreact to what I’m saying. I don’t know, I still don’t know which way it’s going to go, but he’s had a really good camp.”
“I think he’s done the three things that I set out for those guys to do,” Fuente said. “I’m not saying on a more consistent basis than anyone else, just more consistently than he did it in the spring, in terms of valuing the football, in terms of managing the ups and downs of practice and in terms of predicted outcomes. He’s distributing the ball the places it’s supposed to go.”
Just this spring, Fuente said that the competition was down to Evans, a JUCO-transfer, and Motley, a redshirt-senior.
“We’ll see how it goes, I’m encouraged by all three,” Fuente said. “All three work hard, are good people and want what’s best for Virginia Tech.”
As a high school senior, Jackson threw for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 478 yards and eight touchdowns.
Jackson, who was a 3-star recruit out of Saline, MI., enrolled for the spring semester in 2016 and has been working with the team since then. Jackson had 14 scholarship offers, the most notable ones being Boston College, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oregon State, Syracuse and Utah.
We’ve seen very little of Jackson in the Spring Game and in practice, so here is his senior year highlight film.