Mobile QBs, and the Andrew Ford Transfer

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Andrew Ford
Andrew Ford

Virginia Tech has lost rising r-freshman Andrew Ford. His decision isn’t too surprising, and it warrants some discussion.

Are we going back to dual threat quarterbacks and the read option?

When Scot Loeffler arrived at Virginia Tech, he had Logan Thomas for one year. Behind Thomas was unproven junior Mark Leal and high school Wing-T quarterback Brenden Motley. Enrolling in the 2013 class were Carlis Parker, who was quickly moved to wide receiver, and Bucky Hodges, who Loeffler quickly found out was a major project at quarterback.

In other words, Loeffler had to get to work recruiting quarterbacks, and he had to do it quickly. He had to take the best quarterbacks he could find, regardless of system. He had to get the talent pool back up.

In the summer of 2013, he took a commitment from Andrew Ford, who was the best quarterback the Hokies could land at that point in time, considering Loeffler had only been on the job a few months. We all assumed that the Ford commitment was a sign that the Hokies were moving towards a pro-style offense that didn’t feature a quarterback in the running game.

Little did we know, Loeffler kept recruiting quarterbacks behind the scene. He flipped Chris Durkin from Michigan State in December of 2013. Durkin was an inexperienced passer who ran a lot of read option in high school. He was the exact opposite of Ford in every way.

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