Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente just announced who will be starting for the Hokies against the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 3rd. Fuente named redshirt freshman Josh Jackson as his starting quarterback. According to the guys over at the Virginia Tech SB Nation site, Gobbler Nation, Jackson and current Philadelphia Eagle Jerod Evans were locked in a heated competition last year during fall camp. Evans wasn’t named the starting QB until a week before the season started.
"I like to say I'm pretty smart when it comes to knowing defenses and looks and everything like that. Definitely that, and just knowing what's going on. I think that gives me the edge because A.J. can obviously run... My focus is definitely knowing everything that I can when it comes to defenses and offenses, and just making sure I'm as accurate as I possibly can." - Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech QB
While Jackson may think of himself as pretty smart when it comes to knowing defenses, he won’t have faced anything like Tony Gibson’s havoc-inducing 3-3-5. With an experienced linebacking corp along with one of the best safety tandems in the country, Gibson has to be licking his chops at the thought of a quarterback making his first collegiate start against his defense in a rivalry game.
September can’t come soon enough.