BLACKSBURG, Va– Oregon offseason transfer Braxton Burmeister will have to wait for his shot with the Hokies as the NCAA did not grant immediate eligibility according to head coach Justin Fuente. Tech’s head coach did not confirm or deny that the school would seek an appeal.
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. The quarterback will now lose a year of eligibility. If the appeal process were to fail, Burmeister will enter next season as a redshirt junior.
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.
Three weeks ago, Fuente was not ready to name a Week 1 starter at the ACC Kickoff Event. Now, Fuente will have one less option to choose from now that Burmeister will be ineligible for the 2019 campaign.
Virginia Tech was ranked No. 21 in the Top 25 preseason poll and is the only ACC Coastal Division team to enter the 2019 season ranked in the Top 25.