After two starts, Brenden Motley sits at #24 in the country in passing efficiency. He was an unknown to Virginia Tech fans before he entered the Ohio State game after Michael Brewer was injured, but his performance has been very impressive after the first quarter of the Furman game.
Motley is 35-of-57 for 489 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. That’s a 61.4% completion percentage, and his passing efficiency rating is good for a mark of 158.9. He has also added 79 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler told the media on Monday that he isn’t surprised by Motley’s performance.
“We know his skillsets,” Loeffler said. “We know what he does well. If I was only around Brenden for a year, I’d say yes [I was surprised by his performance]. But I’ve been around him almost three years now, so we know exactly what he is and what he brings to the table. He’s improved over the last two and a half years immensely.”
Isaiah Ford had a slightly different take.
“I think if I learned anything, it’s his ability to prolong plays, to create when there’s nothing there or when he has people in his face.”
Ford then cited Motley’s touchdown run against Purdue as the perfect example. There was confusion on the snap on that play, and the ball got to Motley before he was expecting it. Rather than panicking, he scrambled to his right around the slower Purdue defense and ran it in for a touchdown.
That answer makes sense. Mobile quarterbacks are limited in practice because they are forced to wear a yellow jersey, which limits the damage they can do with their legs.
It was fullback Sam Rogers who paid Motley the ultimate compliment.
“He’s a gamer,” Rogers said.
High praise, considering Rogers is a gamer if there ever was one.
It’s still early in Brenden Motley‘s tenure as Tech’s starting quarterback, but he’s off to a promising start.