Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente waited until the last minute to announce Josh Jackson as the starting quarterback for the Week 1 game against the Mountaineers. It was a race between Jackson, a redshirt freshman, and A.J. Bush, a redshirt senior.
Giving the nod to the young kid doesn’t give much material for the WVU coaching staff to work with. However, the Mountaineers are quite familiar with Jackson. In his weekly press conference, Dana Holgorsen said the Mountaineers recruited Jackson a few seasons ago.
Jackson hails from Saline, Michigan and was one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks at the high school level. He can run and pass equally well and has the right demeanor to run the offense.
According to Andy Bitter of Roanoke.com, that will be the most important facet of this season.
“Finding someone who can not only run the offense but thrive in it will go a long way in deciding whether or not this season is a success,” Bitter wrote in a story before Jackson was deemed the starter.
He stands at a sleek 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, so he obviously has the ability to move around the pocket. Like former WVU quarterback Pat White, Jackson looks like he has a nice ability to make something out of nothing and keep going on broken plays.
Against a young Mountaineers defense, Jackson has a nice opportunity to have a big day.