Josh Jackson named Hokies starting quarterback

Coach Fuente announced Monday Jackson will start season opener against WVU

By Alyssa Rae - Sports Anchor / Reporter

A major announcement in Blacksburg Monday as Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente announced the starting quarterback for the Hokies season opener against West Virginia.

Josh Jackson emerged from a three-way competition, edging Hendon Hooker and AJ Bush to land the starting gig.

"Day in and day out he's been more consistent in terms of the things that we've talked about, the three criteria we've talked about before this camp started, and what we are looking for. Taking care of the football, expected outcomes, and how we feel. And in those three categories we feel the best about Josh," Fuente said.

"His execution, his level of understanding the offense, his ability to get out there play after play, and do exactly what he's supposed to do and protecting the football. He showed us that that's really important to him and those factors combined altogether," added Hokies offensive coordinator Brad Cornelson.

The 6'1" 215 pounder from Ann Arbor Michigan was redshirted last year and has a year learning coach Fuente's scheme under his belt. Now that the starting quarterback has been named, Josh Jackson can start working with the first team and develop some chemistry.

"I'll be able to get all the reps with those guys and get better and better with them. I think that's good they did it now and now will just be able to focus on getting better and not really worry about who's in or anything like that and getting extra reps with Cam, CJ, Phil, all those guys is going to be really important," Jackson said.

As far as the backup quarterback, that competition is still underway, though Coach Fuente says if a decision had to made immediately, the job would go to AJ Bush.

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