The backup quarterback situation

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With Mark Leal gone, it’s time to take a quick look at Virginia Tech’s backup quarterback situation.

Leal is gone, and now Michael Brewer is the only quarterback on the roster who has taken a snap in a college game.  Everyone will now move up a spot on the depth chart.  Here’s a look…

1: Michael Brewer (6-0, 200, r-Jr.)
2: Brenden Motley (6-4, 214, r-So.)
3: Andrew Ford (6-3, 205, Fr.)
4: Chris Durkin (6-4, 235, Fr.)

Only one thing is impacted by the loss of Mark Leal, and that’s Brenden Motley‘s reps.


The true freshmen

The redshirt situation for Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin will not change.  Neither has played this year, and both are still slated to redshirt.

Ford has been Tech’s #4 quarterback to this point, while Chris Durkin has been #5.  Durkin has been running the scout team and simulating the opposing quarterback.  Ford goes through regular quarterback drills and stays with Scot Loeffler and the older quarterbacks during team drills and scout team work.  He soaks up more knowledge doing that than he would running the other team’s offense with the scout team.

Neither situation is likely to change.  Durkin should continue to run the scout team, while Ford will assume the duties of the #3 quarterback.  #3 quarterbacks don’t get scout team work, because there aren’t enough reps to go around because of the practice time limitations imposed by the NCAA.

It’s pretty simple: Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin