A big loss for Virginia Tech. Josh Jackson had a decent year as a Freshman in 2017 and was looking to take the next step. Virginia Tech lost a lot on their defense from last years squad, and an improved offense in 2018 would do wonders for Justin Fuente’s squad.
It turns out that the report of a suspension may not be true:
Although, it doesn’t look like Josh Jackson is completely clear:
Oh colleges and the NCAA take a long time to figure things out? No way!
His father’s quote:
Richmond Times-Dispatch-“As of right now, Josh is still a member of the Virginia Tech football team,” Fred Jackson said Thursday by phone. “We’ll know more in two days. It’s too early to talk about this.”
An interesting storyline to keep an eye on this offseason. Speaking of the wretched offseason, it has not been kind to the Hokies:
The Athletic-Last week, incoming junior college transfer defensive back Jeremy Webb had surgery to repair a left Achilles tendon injury. Fellow defensive back Adonis Alexander’s departure from the team became official last week, too, with Alexander announcing he would apply for the supplemental draft after being ruled academically ineligible.
Keep in mind that the secondary already was undergoing massive change heading into 2018, with cornerbacks Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson graduating and coordinator Bud Foster having to turn to a group of mostly freshmen and sophomores in their place. And the Hokies’ linebacker corps does not have a scholarship junior or senior.
Last season, Josh Jackson went 236-396 (59.6%) for 2991 yards. He threw 20 TDs and just 9 INTs. His QB rating was 135.2, but his QBR at ESPN ranked 57th in the nation. Although listed at 6’1, 216 LBs, he is a physical QB who rushed 102 times for 466 yards (4.6 YPC) and 6 TDs.
What happens if Josh Jackson is suspended? Virginia Tech will most likely turn to Ryan Willis, a transfer from **gulp** Kansas. Willis stats: 11 TDs and 17 INTs, 0-10 record, a QBR of 31.2 & 21.0 (ranking 213th in 2015, 241st in 2016).
Virginia Tech’s win total currently sits at 8.5 and 15/1 to win the ACC.