Virginia Tech fans received some good news on Tuesday morning. At approximately 8am, Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times and David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press reported that Josh Jackson’s academic issue has been completely resolved, and that he will remain with the team. TechSideline.com contacted a source later in the morning who verified that those reports were accurate. Also, Bitter reported that it is unlikely that any suspension is forthcoming. Therefore, Josh Jackson is Virginia Tech’s probable starting quarterback when the season begins at Florida State on September 3.
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Virginia Tech is unable to comment because a student’s academic record is protected by Federal privacy laws. Jackson threw for 2,991 yards while completing 59.6% of his passes. He threw 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while also rushing for 324 yards and six more touchdowns.
Despite a big Spring Game from Ryan Willis, it is understood that Jackson was consistently the best quarterback throughout spring practice. Combined with the experience he gained last season as a redshirt-freshman starter, we are very unlikely to see a major quarterback competition when practice begins in August.
That puts Virginia Tech in a much more comfortable position at the quarterback position than they were in heading into 2017. Last year they did not have a quarterback on the roster who had taken a snap in an FBS game. This year, they have two players who have started games at the FBS level – Jackson at Tech, and redshirt-junior Ryan Willis at Kansas. Willis will likely serve as Virginia Tech’s No. 2 quarterback, while rising redshirt-freshman Hendon Hooker is the likely No. 3 quarterback.
Incoming true freshman Quincy Patterson, who is highly-touted by the national recruiting services, is also now much more likely to take a redshirt season, which will be good for his long-term development.