Position Review and Look-Ahead: Quarterbacks

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Ryan Willis will be part of a quarterback battle this spring. (Photo by Jon Fleming)

Today we’re going to look at quarterback production in 2018, and look ahead a bit to the 2019 season. Two different players started for the Hokies in 2018, and they are as different as night and day. That makes it somewhat difficult to evaluate the position and determine what is best for the future.

Before we get into that, let’s look a little bit closer at 2018.

Ryan Willis threw 24 touchdown passes in 2018 after taking over for the injured Josh Jackson against Old Dominion. You might not know that is tied with Tyrod Taylor for second all-time in a single season at Virginia Tech. Jerod Evans holds the record with 29 touchdown passes in 2016.

Willis has limitations with regards to RPOs and read options. Josh Jackson has limitations with regards to arm strength. Justin Fuente still got good numbers out of those two guys despite their issues, as he’s done with nearly all quarterbacks throughout his career. Check out these numbers…

2009, Andy Dalton: 199-of-323 (61.6%), 2,756 yards, 23 TDs, 8 INTs
2010, Andy Dalton: 209-of-316 (66.1%), 2,857 yards, 27 TDs, 6 INTs
2011, Casey Pachall: 228-of-343 (66.5%), 2,921 yards, 25 TDs, 7 INTs
2012,

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