Statistical Trends: Memphis to Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech’s quarterback competition lasted from the moment spring practice began until Justin Fuente named Jerod Evans the starter on August 25.  Because the starting position took so long to resolve itself, many people didn’t know exactly what the Hokies had at quarterback.

Through three games, Jerod Evans has matched the numbers put up by past Justin Fuente quarterbacks.  Here’s how he stacks up…


We’ve talked before about how Justin Fuente’s quarterbacks don’t throw many interceptions.  Even Jacob Karam, who wasn’t particularly talented, only threw three interceptions in 2012.  Fuente’s quarterbacks also complete a very high percentage of their passes.  In fact, the only time a Fuente quarterback has completed less than 60% of his passes was r-freshman Paxton Lynch in 2013, and that’s also the only time a Fuente quarterback has tossed more than nine interceptions.

As a comparison, here are Tech’s completion percentage and interception numbers by their starting quarterback since they joined the ACC…

2004, Bryan Randall: 55.6%, 9 interceptions
2005, Marcus Vick: 61.2%, 10 interceptions
2006, Sean Glennon: 56.3%, 11 interceptions
2007, Sean Glennon: 60.9%, 5 interceptions
2008, Tyrod Taylor: 57.2%, 7 interceptions
2009, Tyrod Taylor: 56%, 5 interceptions
2010, Tyrod Taylor: 59.7%, 5 interceptions
2011, Logan Thomas: 59.8%, 10 interceptions
2012, Logan Thomas: 51.3%, 16 interceptions
2013, Logan Thomas: 56.5%, 13 interceptions
2014, Michael Brewer: 59.4%, 15 interceptions
2015, Michael Brewer: 58.3%, 7 interceptions

Note: for years in which Tech had more than one starter (2007, 2008 and 2015), I included only the player who started the most games.

Virginia Tech’s quarterbacks have been pretty much the opposite of Justin Fuente’s quarterbacks.