Virginia Tech Quarterbacks: Two Different Competitions

Grant Wells, Virginia Tech
Grant Wells is the likely starter for Virginia Tech, though it’s not official yet. (Jon Fleming)

Virginia Tech held a mini-scrimmage on Wednesday and will go through its first full scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday. After that, Brent Pry said he expects to be able to officially name a starting quarterback.

If the season began tomorrow, here’s what I think the initial depth chart would look like…

1: Grant Wells (6-1, 208, r-Jr.)*
2: Jason Brown (6-2, 230, r-Sr.)
3: Tahj Bullock (6-3, 222, r-Fr.)
4: Devin Farrell (5-11, 195, Fr.)

*Wells has an extra year of eligibility due to COVID, so it may be more accurate to consider him to be a redshirt sophomore. Virginia Tech officially lists him as a redshirt junior, however, so we’ll conform and do the same.

Virginia Tech actually has two different quarterback competitions going on right now, though the starting position is the only one that gets talked about. We’ll talk about that a little today, but I also want to talk about the competition between Tahj Bullock and Devin Farrell and what it could mean for the future.

Jason Brown
Whether he’s the starter or the backup, Jason Brown will be needed in 2022. (Jon Fleming)

Virginia Tech’s Veterans

Virginia Tech has two veteran quarterbacks, but due to the transfer portal era that we live in, neither have taken a snap for the Hokies.

Grant Wells and Jason Brown have plenty of college experience, however, there are a couple of caveats.

1: Wells has two years of starting experience at Marshall, but he’s never played for a P5 team.
2: Brown has only started four games above the FCS level, but all four came against SEC competition.

Here are the FBS numbers for both quarterbacks…

Wells: 460-of-714 (64.4%), 5,626 yards, 34 TDs, 22 INTs, 140.2 rating
Brown: 60-of-108 (55.6%), 721 yards, 8 TDs, 6 INTs, 125.0 rating

Both quarterbacks have done some good things. They both have strong enough