The Virginia Tech Friday Q&A: Quarterback Conversations

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Knox Kadum, Virginia Tech
Knox Kadum could be Virginia Tech’s No. 2 quarterback this year. (ACC pool photography)

1) QB depth. I can’t recall a year where our starting QB didn’t get injured. What is plan “B” if Braxton Burmeister goes down? Who could step in and how big a drop off? – Unkle Monkey

Chris Coleman: Virginia Tech hasn’t been able to make it through a full season without changing quarterbacks since 2017.

In 2018, Josh Jackson was hurt and Ryan Willis took over.  In 2019, Willis was banged up and then benched in favor of Hendon Hooker.  Then Hooker got hurt, and Tech briefly went back to Willis before starting Quincy Patterson at Notre Dame.  In 2020, there were issues with both COVID and injuries.  So yeah, on paper, it appears that the Hokies will need a game-ready backup in 2021.

Right now, based on knowledge of the system, I would guess that Knox Kadum would be No. 2.  Against Clemson (his only action), he went 4-of-6 passes for 68 yards, and also rushing six times for 24 yards.  That’s a small sample size, of course.  Texas A&M transfer Conner Blumrick has a stronger arm and is more athletic than Kadum, but he has less time in the system and he was