Friday Q&A: May 2, 2014

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Marquise Williams goes down hard in Blacksburg in 2013.
Marquise Williams goes down hard in Blacksburg in 2013.

1: How does VT’s quarterback situation stack up with the quarterback situations of their ACC opponents this year?

Chris Coleman: This is a great question, and as you pointed out in your post where you posed the question, there is a lot of quarterback turnover in the ACC this year. Let’s take a look at the situation at each ACC team the Hokies face in 2014:

Georgia Tech – Last year’s starter, Vad Lee, decided to transfer to James Madison in the offseason. As far as I’m concerned, “Bad” Vad could have stayed, because he didn’t turned out to be the kind of “Bad” that Georgia Tech fans were hoping for. His replacement is likely to be Justin Thomas (r-So.), though Timmy Byerly (r-Jr.) made things closer than expected this spring. Thomas threw two interceptions in 17 attempts last season. He can obviously run, and he has some experience, but he’s yet another new guy that Paul Johnson has to break in.

UNC – Marquise Williams (r-Jr.) was expected to be UNC’s starting quarterback this season, but r-freshman Mitch Trubisky muddied the waters a bit this spring. Trubisky is a Larry Fedora recruit, while Williams was a Butch Davis recruit. Truisky had a good offer list, and he might be more comfortable running an ideal Fedora offense than Williams. This battle has yet to be decided, as Fedora declined to name a starter at the conclusion of spring practice.

Pitt – Tom Savage is gone, and he’s expected to be drafted this month. Chad Voytik stepped in for an injured Savage during the bowl game and went 5-of-9 for 109 yards. He also rushed twice for 24 yards and a touchdown. He is more mobile than Savage, and he was a borderline top 100 recruit coming out of high school. He’ll be a r-sophomore in 2014. He should be able to benefit from a strong running game, but he also won’t have Devin Street to throw to this season.

Miami: Ryan Williams was supposed to take over the reins at Miami, but he tore his ACL in spring practice and had surgery. Kevin Olsen (r-Fr.) is currently the starter, and he went 7-of-21 for 65 yards and an interception in the Miami Spring Game. He’ll be competing with former third stringer Gary Crow (r-So.) this August, as well as a couple of true freshmen. I think the Canes are in trouble at quarterback this year. As a side note, Miami did an offense vs. defense Spring Game in a controlled scrimmage that only used 65 yards of the field. The offense only scored one touchdown. Yet I haven’t heard Miami get skewered by the national media for a poor offensive performance in their Spring Game. Some of those guys gave it to the Hokies pretty hard this past week.

Boston College: Tyler Murphy, who was originally recruited to Florida by Scot Loeffler and Steve Addazio, has been named BC’s starting quarterback this season. Murphy is a good runner, but his passing ability leaves something to be desired. He also won’t have the luxury of handing the ball to Andre Williams, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the BC offense take a step back.

Duke: Brandon Connette elected to transfer to Fresno State to be a starter,