2014 Preview: Quarterbacks

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Logan Thomas must be replaced, and there are multiple candidates at the beginning of August.

Virginia Tech’s quarterback depth chart technically looks like this:

1: Mark Leal (r-Sr.) and Brenden Motley (r-So.)
2: Michael Brewer (r-Jr.)
3: Andrew Ford (Fr.)
4: Chris Durkin (Fr.)
5: Travon McMillian (Fr.)
6: Matt Hill (Fr.)

In reality Leal, Motley and Brewer are all getting equal reps with the #1 and #2 offense, while those other guys aren’t getting any at all. There simply aren’t enough reps to go around. If one of the true freshmen wants a legit chance to start, then he has to really stand out while running the #3 or #4 offense. None of them are going to get reps with the starters unless they prove they deserve it, except for maybe Andrew Ford, who did a pretty good job in the spring.

Besides knowing the offense, another thing that will hold the freshmen back is the speed and tempo of a college practice. That’s something that doesn’t get covered a lot. Tech’s practices under Scot Loeffler operate at a very fast tempo, and you have to actually see it to appreciate it. A lot is getting thrown at these guys, and they most likely aren’t going to be able to adjust to it quickly enough to challenge for playing time this year.

With that out of the way, let’s look at the main competitors in this race. First, a comparison of their college stats:

Mark Leal: 28-of-48, 334 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions