Post-Spring Discussion: Offense

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Ryan Willis (5) made a name for himself in the Spring Game. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

On Monday, we talked about the defensive side of the ball. Today we’ll move on to the offense.  Like yesterday, I’m going to start you off with a disclaimer.

Note: All depth charts listed in this article are not official Virginia Tech depth charts.  They are merely my own guesses based on a few things — the open practice session last Tuesday, the Spring Game, information from sources and my own gut feel.  I am not taking into account injury, attrition or any other extenuating circumstance.


The depth chart at quarterback has solidified itself over 15 spring practices. I think many Tech fans believed there would be a big three-man competition for the starting job this spring.  That couldn’t have been further from the truth.  Instead, there was a two-man battle for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart and Ryan Willis was the clear winner.  Here’s how the depth chart looks heading into August.

1) Josh Jackson (r-So.)
2) Ryan Willis (r-Jr.)
3) Hendon Hooker (r-Fr.)
4) Quincy Patterson (Fr.)
5) DeJuan Ellis (Fr.)

Ryan Willis has a ton of arm talent, but there are two sides to Willis — the good side and the bad side.  On Saturday, you saw the good side. He can make any throw on the field.  There are NFL quarterbacks who could stand to borrow some of his arm talent.  However, the bad Willis throws into coverage a lot, trusts his arm a little too