Monday Thoughts: Quarterbacks and Basketball

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Brewer’s transfer helps solidify the quarterback depth chart

There’s going to be a lot of debate from now through August on who will be Tech’s starting quarterback in 2014.  I’m on record as saying that I believe more than one quarterback will start for the Hokies this season.  I don’t know whether that will be because of injury, poor play, or whatever, but I think two different players will start under center for Tech this fall.

I actually said that before Michael Brewer made his decision to transfer to Virginia Tech, and now that Tech will have a second quarterback with some experience, I think it has an even greater chance of happening.

I touched on this on Friday, and I want to say it again for those who didn’t ready Friday’s Q&A: even if Michael Brewer doesn’t play for the Hokies, his mere presence on the depth chart will allow Tech to redshirt Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin.  That’s important.  Ju-Ju Clayton never played a meaningful down for Tech, but had he not been on the roster in 2009, the Hokies would have been forced to play Logan Thomas in a backup role as a true freshman, and thus his career would have ended following the 2012 season.

I’m always in favor of redshirting quarterbacks if possible, or unless they are just so good that you can’t keep them off the field.  Remember, as good as Tyrod Taylor was, the coaching staff tried to redshirt him twice.  Ultimately they weren’t able to do so, but the point still stands that 5-star quarterback Tyrod Taylor ideally should have been redshirted.  Do you think 3-star quarterbacks Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin will be any different?

Mark Leal will enter the spring as the #1 guy on the depth chart, and I think it’s very likely that he’s still there at the conclusion of Spring Practice.  If anybody is going to challenge him, it’s going to be Michael Brewer, who won’t arrive until the summer.  Brenden Motley will have a shot this spring and in August, and I’m not counting him out, but I do think it’s unlikely because he just doesn’t