Analyzing Virginia Tech’s Passing Game with Hendon Hooker

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Virginia Tech, Hendon Hooker
The Virginia Tech offense has changed a lot with Hendon Hooker behind center. (Ivan Morozov)

The turnaround Virginia Tech fans have witnessed these last two months has been remarkable. The entire team has stepped up their game and is playing at a very high level, but what has caught my eye the most is the quarterback position. Justin Fuente’s decision to replace quarterback Ryan Willis with Hendon Hooker has completely changed the dynamics of the offense. Heck, you could make the argument that this move may have sparked and changed the trajectory of the season.

It’s no secret that Hendon Hooker adds a much-needed running threat in Virginia Tech’s offense. Fuente’s system simply does not operate properly without defenses accounting for the quarterback as a factor in the running game. After all, that is what makes the run-pass option so special‚Ķdefenses actually respecting the run options and accounting the quarterback in their reads. We finally saw the impact of a running game in the Miami game, when the offense suddenly showed signs of life against a highly-ranked defense.

Since his first start, Hooker has averaged 14 carries per game, and running back Deshawn McClease has been

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