The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Breakout Players, QBs, and That Awful Loss to NC State

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1) Which football players will surprise us with a breakout year in 2017? Offense and defense?- VtotheT

Chris Coleman: There are several candidates on both sides of the ball. I’ll pick the one on each side who I feel is the most likely. Keep in mind that I’m only considering returning players. I’m not talking about potential recruits at this time.

Offense: QB Joshua Jackson
Defense: DE Houshun Gaines

I’ll explain more about why Josh Jackson is my pick in the next question, but for now just let me say that I believe there’s at least a 90% chance that he’ll be Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback next season. I think Justin Fuente is completely fine with that, and the main reason he pursued a quarterback on the transfer market is so that he has a backup for Jackson and so he can redshirt Hendon Hooker.

You guys know that I’ve been high on Jackson for quite some time. If you want to get reacquainted with Jackson, read this article I wrote on last August 17: “Why Josh Jackson Could Win the Job.”

I love his background, having grown up in a major college football program. His dad was a college quarterback and later offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for some major programs. Jackson grew up around Scot