An assist goes to Florida defensive coordinator DJ Durkin with Virginia Tech’s recent addition of Ursuline (Youngstown, OH) senior quarterback Chris Durkin. Chris became interested in Tech, a school that had not been on his radar before, after speaking with his cousin.
“DJ filled us in and I liked what I heard,” recalled the 6’4”, 230-pound Durkin, who is one of two quarterback prospects in Tech’s class of 2014, joining Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, PA) lefty signal caller Andrew Ford. Durkin had been committed to Michigan State since March of his junior year before casting his lot with the Hokies.
After speaking with his cousin, Chris contacted Virginia Tech offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, who is finishing up his first season with the Hokies after previous coaching stints at Central Michigan, Michigan, the Detroit Lions, Florida, Temple, and Auburn.
“It wasn’t love at first sight because I was new to what was being thrown at me, but the more we talked the better our relationship became,” Durkin recalled.
The Sun Bowl will be the final collegiate game for senior Logan Thomas, meaning Virginia Tech will have a new starting quarterback next season for the first time in four years. Mark Leal, who will be a senior next season, returns but has limited game experience. Virginia Tech has other quarterbacks in the pipeline as well, but certainly the staff is making it clear that all of their quarterbacks – incoming freshmen included – have an opportunity to compete for the starting job in 2014.
“One big thing me and [Loeffler] talked about was early playing time,” Durkin said. “If I grasp everything, I’ll be able to compete for the job as a freshman. He plans on doing some quarterback runs. They will throw the ball, but he...
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