TSL staff and insiders have told us that Braxton Burmeister might’ve been the Hokies’ best quarterback last year. Praise was doled out for a player whose accuracy, speed, and aggression made him a scout-team thorn in the defense’s side. This year we’re hearing more of the same as he challenges for a starting gig.
Burmeister is at Tech now because he was thrown into the grinder during Willie Taggart’s one-year stand with Oregon. Hometown golden boy and future first-round QB Justin Herbert went down with a broken collarbone and his backup got a concussion against Cal, leaving Burmeister as the next man up. Burmeister was a coveted Parade All-American who had been studying film with his father (a former pro DB) since he was eight, who had been tutored by former Howard head coach Steve Wilson and former San Francisco 49er Jeff Garcia, and who had former Oregon great Akili Smith as a mentor. The physical tools were there, too. He was timed in high school in the 4.6-4.7 range on the 40-yard dash, chucked a pretty deep ball, had nice touch, and hit targets on the sprint-out. Oregon was his dream school, and after his commitment fans were talking of Heismans and national titles.
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