In somewhat of a surprise, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente told the media that he ready to name a starting quarterback until Oregon transfer Braxton Burmeister is ruled eligible to play by the NCAA.
Fuente announced his plan during the ACC Kickoff event yesterday afternoon during his press conference in front of many different news organizations. Fuente said that both Burmeister and last seasons starter Ryan Willis are currently in competition with each other for the starting job come Week 1.
Burmeister is petitioning the NCAA for immediate eligibility but has not received a ruling yet but Fuente expects one to be handed to Virginia Tech soon.
“It wouldn’t be wise to close the job before I know who is able to compete,” Fuente told the media.
Burmeister transferred to Virginia Tech in February after starting 11 games for the Ducks over two seasons but has taken a backseat to Justin Herbert during his career at Oregon.
The 6-foot-1, 206 pound quarterback played in seven games and started five during the 2017 season throwing for only 330 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions in place of an injured Justin Herbert.
The former four-star recruit can use the 2018 campaign as a redshirt season after he only played in four games for Oregon.
Virginia Tech lost former starting quarterback Josh Jackson twice in one season. First they lost him early in the 2018 season after he broke his ankle in Week 3 against Old Dominion. Then, they lost him again at the end of the season when he announced that he would transfer to Maryland as a graduate transfer.
Ryan Willis started the rest of the season and threw for 2,716 yards and 24 touchdowns in Jackson’s place.