According to reports by two members of the media, quarterback Josh Jackson’s future at Virginia Tech is uncertain.
First, Mike McDaniel put out this tweet in the afternoon.
Virginia Tech starting QB Josh Jackson has been suspended indefinitely pending an investigation into an academic issue, per sources.
— Mike McDaniel (@MikeMcDanielCFB) June 7, 2018
That tweet matches the rumors that have been floating on social media and internet message boards since last night.
The next report, and the most legitimate report, came from Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who spoke with Josh Jackson’s father. You can read Barber’s report here. Jackson’s father confirmed to Barber that Jackson is still a member of the team, but that they would “know more in two days.”
“As of right now, Josh is still a member of the Virginia Tech football team,” Fred Jackson told Barber. “We’ll know more in two days. It’s too early to talk about this.”
TechSideline.com can neither confirm nor deny the reports, but the words of Fred Jackson make it seem that something is amiss. TSL reached out to the Virginia Tech football program about the situation this morning, but they had no comment.
Jackson started all 13 games at quarterback last season as a redshirt-freshman, and although he was hindered by injuries towards the end of the year, he still put together a solid campaign with multiple young receivers around him. He completed 59.6% of his passes for 2,991 yards, with 20 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He ran for a further 324 yards and six touchdowns.
Jackson remained at the top of the depth chart at the conclusion of spring practice, and no quarterback seemed poised to present a significant challenge. Rising redshirt-junior Ryan Willis, a transfer from Kansas, distanced himself from redshirt-freshman Hendon Hooker throughout the spring, and he would open August camp as the No. 1 quarterback if Jackson were not available.
The Virginia Tech coaching staff is currently out of town working at satellite recruiting camps, but they will return on Friday, June 8. The Hokies have another on-campus recruiting camp on Saturday, June 9.
TechSideline.com will have more on this situation as it develops.