Ryan Willis and the Quarterback Situation

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Ryan Willis will take over behind center this week. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech will have a new starting quarterback this week against Duke. Brandon Patterson went over some film from Saturday’s game, but I want to add my thoughts about Ryan Willis, the quarterback situation, and the future of the position.

Ryan Willis

First of all, I think we can ignore the numbers Ryan Willis put up while at Kansas. He was thrust into the starting lineup of a terrible team as an 18-year old. That’s not conducive to success. However, it is nice to have a backup quarterback who has starting experience at the college level. In fact, he’s appeared in more college games (18) than Josh Jackson (16).

I don’t think Tech has ever quite had a quarterback like Willis. He has the gun-slinging mentality of Michael Brewer, but I don’t think he possesses the natural passing ability of Brewer. Willis has a big arm, but there’s a difference between being a good thrower and a big passer. I don’t think he’s comparable to any past Tech quarterback, but from a mentality standpoint, Brewer is probably the most comparable, since they both come from Big 12 country (Willis is a Kansas native),