Jerod Evans Announces He's Headed to the NFL

The Hokies' QB1 is headed to the NFL.

[Mark Umansky]

Virginia Tech junior quarterback Jerod Evans announced Monday he would enter the NFL Draft.

Evans' stint in Blacksburg was a short, yet extremely productive one. The former Trinity Valley Community College transfer committed to the Hokies on December 12, 2015, and in his one season at the helm of Justin Fuente's offense won ten games and guided Tech to an ACC Championship game appearance.

The soon-to-be 23-year-old completed 63.5% of his passes for 3,546 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He was also Tech's leading rusher with 846 yards and 12 scores.

I wrote everything I had to say about Evans turning pro when it was reported he was leaning to opt for the NFL Draft.

The response from the national media regarding his decision lands somewhere between tepid and confused (same as the majority of Hokie Nation's).

And yes, Evans' departure coupled with Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges entering the NFL Draft should corral any lofty expectations for Tech's 2017 season.

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Wow. Rebuilding year next year for sure.

I'll member this comment after we win 8-10 games next season. I'll member.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.

Why not 15?

Well 8 wins would have been a disappointment considering the year we just had. Now I'd say it is probably expected? Idk, these are big hits, but I'm excited to see a young QB come in and take the helm.

It definitely leaves a great deal of uncertainty, but there are many "Freshman" QB's rocking the college landscape, so we need to trust (and pray) that CJF has recruited well, and/or can develop Josh Jackson to the QB of his system. He just needs to keep re-tooling and maintain the trajectory he started. GO HOKIES, don't loose faith.

Those freshman QB's typically have a stellar OL, Receiving Corps and/or RB(s) around them. Jerod leaving makes me very nervous about the WVU game, and big conference games.

Twitter me

Saw where West Virginia was losing along the lines of 15-20 seniors, so it's not like they have the same team coming back either.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

They'll still have a pretty good QB in Will Grier coming from Florida

Lamar Jackson has one of the worst OLines out there and he was stellar even two years ago. I don't think our OLine is as bad as Louisvilles luckily.

Ummm, did you mean last year, or have you mentally switched to the 2017 season already?
2017 signing day hasn't even happened yet. Lamar Jackson is a sophomore so:
2016 - this year: Heisman trophy
2015 - last year: 12 games w/ 8 starts @ Louisville
2014 - 2 yrs ago: He was being protected by the line at Boyton Beach high. I don't follow high school football but I'm guessing that Louisville's line was a little better

Run to Win. Pass To Score

I was using year synomonously with season in the context of football.

Are there really that many?

Josh is going to be an ACC Player of the Year one day. I got this feeling. He is gonna be good, no he is going to be great.

8 to 9 wins could still qualify as rebuilding IMHO

The Dude Abides

Best of Luck to Jerod Evans. I hope he's the next Cam Newton.
Josh Jackson is more than capable to take over. If not, we have a Hooker coming in.
I believe in Fuente & Foster!
Thanks Jerod for being part of the team that brings 10-win season back and a shiny Belk Bowl trophy!

DITTO! (Nothing else to say)

Can't have nice things.

Horribly misguided decision IMO. I get the idea of pursuing your dream but boy this one just leaves you scratching your head

I think the situations with his family and his brother are a major influence in this decision.

I'm not familiar. What situation are you referring to?

Evans is one of 9 kids, one special needs bro.

I really hope this doesn't end up costing him money in the long run

That's my fear here. Despite any family situation he has, there's not a lot of money in probably going undrafted

Y'all down vote this, but I'm about to speak that dam truth! If you have 9 mofo kids you need to learn what birth control is!! Condoms are cheap! Sorry but this kid got screwed by a parent who didn't have the brains to be an adult!

Ask and ye shall receive. This is entirely unnecessary

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

The post by arnie seems to be gone now, and I logged in solely to downvote his stupid comment. You know what, some people, including my daughter and her husband love children and WANT big families. They will never be monetarily rich but you should spend one day with that family to see the love and togetherness they have. Besides, who are you to judge how many children a family should have. Please go away arnie and never return.

"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes." Jim Carey

Oh, you can still downvote it. And you should.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

You were right, we'll downvote this

Downvote away!

It's a shame you have the legs to burn. This kind of conduct is why we have self-moderation in the first place, so we can collectively torpedo accounts that post this garbage.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Arnie, you are better than this. You are a good poster in this forum.

The Evans are a Christian, military family and have kids spread out over about 25 years. They are more than worthy of our respect.

Players, students, or fans. I disagree with people up here sometimes and people with me, but we are all Hokies. Let's not judge a fellow Hokie for doing what is best for him and his family. Don't be mad because it has ended, be glad that Evans coming to Va Tech happened!

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

Arnie, man. No. Just no.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Every Hokie, especially student athletes, deserve the benefit of the doubt for their decisions.

We might not agree, but let's not be insulting about it.

The irony of this post and saying someone else "didn't have the brains to be an adult".

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Arnie, you're in the penalty box for a while. Email me in a month if you want to get out.

Wow, we have a penalty box. Nice move Joe!

Is it football season yet?

the banhammer!

Intercollegiate club hockey. A hidden VT gem. Joe knows what's up.

And thanks, Joe. Get this guy outta here.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

I say ban arnie for good. What an ass!

"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes." Jim Carey

Joe, do down votes count for more when a comment is already shaded out? Or have I gotten some sort of promotion where my DV counts for -5?

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

It's probably a case of four other people downvoting in between the time you loaded the page to read and the time you actually hit the downvote button.

Everybody always says that 100 up votes should make a post go plaid. 100 downvotes should make a post go orange and blue. After all arnie went full UVA. You never go full UVA.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

This right here is EPIC TKPing.

Just wonderful.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

i LOVE this idea

Alright, so what's 200 downvotes get you?

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Blue and Gold - WVU-style for being an especially special asshat

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

A genuine penalty box.

TKPC, our member dues at work (right Joe)!

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I regret I can't downvote this more than once. Lost a lot of respect here...

via GIPHY

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

How downvoting arnie felt like:

This is still one of my faves:

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

KV-2 is skrong.

I didn't have January 2nd pegged for worst comment of the year, but this one is going to be tough to top

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

We adopted 5 kids, guess that makes us idiots or worse... Not!

Families are beautiful, big or small. Now go away please.

VTCC '86 Delta Company, Hokie in Peru, TKPC#490, One of us!

FOH! This is possibly the worst comment ever left on TKP (p.s. the Ohio State trolls were some real jackasses). Totally disrespectful.

Just a thought. Why does having kids need to be anybody else's business but the father and the mother?

The Dude Abides

When the last name is Fuller or Edmunds...

Let's be real here... The real question is how many in the Evans clan still has college football eligibility.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Wtf man!

Let's Go

HOKIES

you are 100% right

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Thanks for your contribution, Katniss

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

About the fact that we would downvote his post, right?

I'm giving you an out here.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

This reminded me of this:

Image result for mugatu he's absolutely right gif

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

When you post "you are 100% right" to a guy that has 220 down votes, you're going to have a bad time.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

That dude had a 5 year old account and got it nuked in one comment.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

If this was a troll for downvotes, 100% not a longshot.

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

As a Father of 4 ranging from 3 to 16 I can say that you sir are the dumbass. We live paycheck to paycheck most years and vacation on a budget but my oldest just scored a 1370 on his SAT and will be graduating this year as a Junior to make his way in the world. If he were to call me to say that he was offered a job making $350,000.00 per year but would have to leave VT early I would tell him to stay and get his degree. The love between a Child and a Parent can be the strongest of bonds. You assume that his Parents have encouraged him to go pro in order to pay their bills and buy them a new car. Did you ever stop to think that this may be his own decision which was made out of pure love for his Brother that might not be able to get the care he needs or maybe he is sick of watching his Dad work 16 hours and only sleep 5? Hell, maybe he wants to play Professional Fucking Football today instead of maybe tomorrow and could give two shits less what his paycheck is because he has always done with less. Kiss my ass for being a dickhead and your opinion is shit.

That woman had 9 kids and now one of those 9 is about to be drafted and play in the NFL. Wtf have you done w your life?

There are wolves and there are sheep, I am the sheep dog

one of those 9 is about to be drafted and play in the NFL

......welp.......

Sorry to bring this thread back up but I just couldn't resist after going back through it

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Has this become the most downvotes comment in site history?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

In a row?

Making some pretty harsh judgments on a family that you don't even know. They don't deserve your criticism asshole.

He has a special needs brother, I believe.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Unfortunately, the dream that 'you' will be getting millions by going pro is dream...but not the reality. I wish Jerod well, and do hope he succeeds, but for QBs, the pool is small and the pressure under the lights is great... and not very patient.

Who says he's dreaming of millions? You're right millions is a pipe dream for sure but there are a lot of people in this world who would be more than satisfied with much less. He might not get a paycheck big enough to ensure he's "set for life" but he's got a very good chance at getting enough to have plenty of options moving forward.

"Look at this, this is spectacular. These people are losing their minds"

We all are hoping he does well; he's talented for sure. I feel he would benefit to hone his skills more before jumping into the big time. Almost all players only get one chance at the big time and the first impression sticks.....like it or not, and there is no going back to the college ranks.

Go forth Jarod and make the Hokies Nation proud!

I'm with you, overall I think he'd be better off waiting, and selfishly I'd like nothing better but I can understand where he's coming from.

"Look at this, this is spectacular. These people are losing their minds"

Look, the guy said something that was pretty much true. I didn't think you we're supposed to down vote over opinions. Perhaps he should have kept it to himself. Put your pitchforks down and go have a cold one. It doesn't really matter.

It is a natural gift I posess to create friction in sensitive situations.

I actually sat in front of his mom and two of his brothers at the Belk Bowl. She was a really nice lady and we tried to make sure she knew how appreciative the Hokie Nation is of her son. I felt really stupid because I drunkingly fell down a row of seats while celebrating right before I found out who she was and thought for sure I had tarnished the whole fanbase's reputation in her eyes but she was still really nice to us. But can confirm that his special needs brother was there. He looked very cold and tired but they must be a pretty tight family for her to bring him to Charlotte and deal with all the traveling and such instead of just getting a sitter or something. Meeting her makes me totally respect his decision and hope he gets paid the big bucks.

Good luck Jerod. It was fun while it lasted.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I blame Dak Prescott. If he would have just stunk like everyone thought he would have coming out of Miss St, then Evans would have much less of a case.

Jared Goff , though?

The Dude Abides

Wish he would have stayed, but it's his decision and his mind is made up. Glad he loved his time here, and best of luck to him going forward! A great ambassador for Hokie Nation, and will be exciting seeing where he, Ford, Bucky, and the seniors go in the NFL Draft.

Welp, today sucks

I thought the sources said this was bogus? The internet lied to me?

One source said it was bogus. 15 other sources said it was real.

I guess I'll just go with what Jerod Evans is reporting.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

I see you're going with logic. Dangerous, but I like it.

"Look at this, this is spectacular. These people are losing their minds"

Good luck. I hope you get drafted. Personally think it's a mistake but get yours while you can. I bet Ford and Bucky leaving likely forced his hand.

Damn, our offense is going to be tested big-time next year. Our talent level just took a huge hit.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Yeah, I'm hoping the talk of JJ being in the mix to be starter this year wasn't just a motivation ploy for Evans and Motley.

Our experience level took a big hit. Talent I think will be ok.

Bingo. Still have Cam to anchor...then we have (what I see as) oodles of talent behind him in deablo, murphy, carroll...and who knows, maybe stroman strolls back over for a couple snaps *ducks*

"I'm a Miller Lite guy, always have been, since I was 8." -John Daly

I think people forget how much Cam improved this season. I think he was clearly the front-runner as far as development this year was concerned.

I'm thrilled for Isaiah. I don't blame him at all. As for Evans? Mixed emotions...

Good luck man. Congrats.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.

Thanks for 2016 Jerod! Good luck

I wish him good luck, but I can't help but feel that this is a really bad decision.

Best of luck to him, I hope JJ or Hooker will be ready.

I know it doesn't really mean anything since it's the spring game but while JJ was playing the old man behind me kept saying "That'd better our damn starter right there." He honestly looked head and shoulders better than anyone else on the field.

"I'll put a quote here to distract you from my inane comment."-Me

Best of luck to Jerod. Regardless of the fanbases opinion on this decision, if he feels that this is the best move for his career in the long run then he needs to do it. Thanks for being a huge contributor to a truly remarkable team season in Blacksburg. Once a Hokie, always a Hokie.

Exit Light, Enter Night....Go Hokies

Well at least we know now .

Get ready for a lot of people thinking they know what's best for him. The only person in the world who knows what the best decision for him is....is him. Happy he's doing what he wants regardless of what we think. Best of luck in the NFL Jerod, and thanks for a great year.

Ask Shyrone Stith if delacring early was in his best interests. Sometimes the second guessing of decisions like this are justified.

I hope he gets drafted and I hope he gets drafted high, but I can't help feeling like this might not work out that well for him.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

You could also ask Darren Evans about leaving early because you feel like you need to get paid.

Jerod will probably get drafted because he put up big numbers and is big and strong. Then again, Jamarcus Russell (among others) also got drafted for similar reasons. A QB who struggles to make more than one read will likely struggle mightily in the NFL.

That said, it's a free country. Good luck!

Russell could also get to a second read. Jerod has so much to work on. He is a major project in the NFL.

What's
Important
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From what people were saying, Jamarcus was only reading fast food menus. That was his undoing, his waistline.

The Dude Abides

lmao

Darren Evans had already graduated and was not going to get a lion's share of snaps. He was not going to improve his draft stock.

Darren Evans didn't really have anything to prove by stating another year though. Sometimes you know a player by their junior year. Jerod Evans is a different case though I agree.

"I thought the kid right there you're talking to right there played his nuts off."

Unfortunately, the thought he might get lots of money, clouds decision making. Everyone (especially QBs) think they are the best. They need that ego to lead a team.. but reality can be cruel.

Complete and totally unsubstantiated inuendo, but I was always told that Wilson made it very clear to the staff that he wanted to be the number one guy or he was leaving. Evans was informed that he would be the back up, and that is why he left. Again, totally unsubstantiated, but that is what I have been told over the years.

For what it is worth, Darren Evans would have been my starting tailback every day and twice on Tuesday over David Wilson. Stats don't win games.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

I sincerely hope this isn't true.

And I question your motive to post it given how "unsubstantiated" it is. For someone who is usually so careful with what they post this seems a bit reckless to me

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Why do you hope this isn't true? I don't really see what the big deal is. I'm genuinely curious, not trying to be combative or anything.

Cuz I love DW and always thought he was a good kid who worked hard and wanted what was best for the team. If he was really threatening to leave if he wasn't named the starter that paints him as a selfish "me-first" player and that would make me sad.

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

I actually remember him complaining openly to the press about not getting enough touches back in 09.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Unsubstantiated perhaps.

But not implausible.

I wish him the best and am thankful for the year we had him. But I hope he at least had the wherewithal to get his draft grade projection. Anyone know if he did?

HTHokie93

Possibly but even if he did I doubt he learned much. Grades given out are now, I believe, "Round 1/2" or "stay" and he's not a first or second rounder.

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Just because people think they know what's best for them doesn't always mean they make the right choice. I'm not saying Evans did and I hope he has a great future in the league, thanks for the memories. I am saying that sometimes people make mistakes that's just human nature and I hope this isn't one for him.

Semper Fi

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Thanks for everything Jerod, and kick starting the VT revitalization

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Where is Lawson?!

that's the one haha. I'm always on mobile, so i don't bother with trying to embed stuff. thanks man.

Wow. 2017. What a start . . .

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

Not a disaster...we did get Proctor yesterday.

He could have won a Heisman next year. That would have motivated me to stay.

What's
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Evans helped pick us out of the dirt and he earned my respect. I wish him the best in his future journeys.

This is what's separates great coaches from good coaches. Time to get to work and earn your keep!

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Already? Good luck but I think it will tough row to hoe. Hey Josh, how are you doing? Looing forward to seeing you.

Hes going to be a good one!

Where is Lawson?!

I get that his family may be his reason for declaring. With that being said, I feel like this kid just threw away a million dollar signing bonus.

I'm your huckleberry

My gut tells me if he had a 2017 like he just had a 2016 that signing bonus increase would have been far more than $1m... I hope I'm wrong.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

What's next?!!! We'll probably hear tomorrow that Lawson is leaving us for the NFL as well.

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

Please tell me that's just a rumor!

"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes." Jim Carey

I logged in simply for the Lawson jokes. Fantastic work! +1

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

You clearly have your priorities in order. Well done.

Wait, I thought Lawson was next in line for QB...?

HTHokie93

My TKP mind immediately went to this when I heard the news.

Me: So, does this mean Lawson will stay?

Lulz

That's enough players declaring.

WHO'S NEXT??? EKANEM? NIGEL? GLOCK???

(gulp)

Sam? Sam will always be here, right?

(single tear)

SAAAAAAAAAMMMMM????!?!!

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Drew Harris

Keeping my fingers crossed for a coach Sam.

"Look at this, this is spectacular. These people are losing their minds"

THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXHIBITION!!!

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

It is probably the opinion of most that this is a mistake for him. But I certainly wish him the best! He definitely has the character to succeed in life, even if it isn't in the NFL.

We are losing some major offensive firepower this year, one has to wonder if that played into his decision. Does he think that he can't put up the same type of numbers next year? I'm not sure. In any event, Fuente is building for the future. The sky isn't falling... recruiting is trending in the right direction, we have an offensive scheme that is productive and we have a great defensive staff. We will still have a good team next season. ACCCG type of team? Time will tell. Go Hokies!

Is it football season yet?

Honestly think the bowl streak will be in jeopardy. Lose a lot on D and now we don't know the starting QB,RB, and two of the top 3 WRs. I was scared that next yr was going to be a 1 man show with Evans and now we don't even have him. I'll take the short term pain, but I expect us to struggle next yr

Honestly think the bowl streak will be in jeopardy

Underestimating what good coaching can do. We aren't a 5 win team next year.

I know what you're saying but so help me Bud if we go 4-8 next year....

"Whomp their heads real good."

Think again. We do know who the RB will be: this kid named Committee.

In all seriousness, I'll bet we see T-Mac, Reid (DO NOT SLEEP ON DJ REID, GUYS!!!), Williams (I hope like hell he's healthy), McClease, Peoples, Fox, Durkin all get meaningful carries in '17 - and that doesn't count jet sweeps (Philips, Murphy, & whatever other WRs show they can tote it). It would be great to be able to redshirt Holston.

And we have a good sense of the wideouts (in addition to Cam)! Deablo, Kumah, Murphy, Carroll all played meaningful snaps; Patterson, Denmark, Bradshaw, Jefferson have been in the system and will get a shot. Pimpleton, Capeheart and/or Savoy could all push for time.

We have tight ends and tight ends and incoming tight ends. We'll play Cunningham and... whoever else can block.

Major questions at OLine (as in, "will it be less disappointing than this year?"). It'll actually be a pretty experienced group considering we'll lose 2 starters.

And, of course, QB1 is the other glaring ?...

Re the D: biggest loss will be Chuck Clark. Emotional leader, tons of experience, and being in the back, he's responsible for double-checking our alignments. He'll be missed. Wonder if either Terrell or Mook moves there this spring and Ladler gets a long look at rover. He has the physical tools.

Don't mean to discount how great the DLine played - and Woody & Nigel & Ekanem are two great Hokies. BUT. We have good options to reload across the DLine. A lot of them played a ton of snaps this season. We all know them.

The LBs have progressed IMO. Motu has made good strides (he's always gonna be too small), and Tremaine is just sick. The Belk Bowl was maybe the best I've seen Mook play. Shegog too. ALL return. We are kind of deep at linebacker now, which feels weird to say. Not a lot of experience, but some nice depth. Beckett and Belmar (and Proctor, if all goes to plan) will be in the mix. I've got my eye on Eron Carter and Raymon Minor too. Again, physically they look the part.

DBs are pretty entrenched - if Facyson leaves (which would be more mind-boggling than Evans), we still have our starters in Stro & Adonis with a ton of experience. But behind them is our most inexperienced position group. I have no idea how that depth chart will shake out. Deon Newsome? Williams? Alleyne? Dare I say Devon Hunter??

All this is to say: we'd have to have a major meltdown in system/coaching to miss a bowl. As this staff stockpiles more of "their guys", I have great confidence in them to put a winning product on the field.

Also, re our sched: Miami, UNC, Pitt, GT, Clemson, BC, all will have new QB1's. And we have Delaware, ODU and ECU. I think 8 wins should be the over/under for us in 2017.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Woody & Nigel & Ekanem are two great Hokies.

So you're saying they're each 2/3 of a great Hokie. Got it.

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

This is great feedback

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

That's some 3/5 Compromise-esque bullshit. /s

Cupboard isn't bare last time we checked.

Let's Go

HOKIES

So you're saying Beamer didn't leave Fuente with a bare cupboard?

To all of the fans on here calling this a bad decision ask yourself this -- money or risk of an injury?

Now take that answer and factor in 9 siblings, one with special needs, and ask yourself if one more year at college is really worth it.

I fully support him in this choice and I think it was the right decision. He's taking what he's got from a great season and taking advantage of it.

Common sense says . . . "money".

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

I get what you're saying, but there is a reason that kids come back to school sometimes. In my opinion, Jerod is a prime example of a player that could exponentially increase his earning power by coming back to school for another year.

I'm your huckleberry

Or throw it all away with another injury. He's already torn his ACL once.

Ehh, it's a risk I would take. Best of luck to him though. Guy is a gamer.

I'm your huckleberry

If he hadn't already torn his ACL once I'd be with you but as an athletic trainer I can't over look the re-injury rates with knees. If he was a pocket passer I could understand but if he gets hurt again it's going to be hard for him to demonstrate that he can still run/scramble like he can now.

"Look at this, this is spectacular. These people are losing their minds"

It's easy to say it's a risk you would take when you don't have an NFL paycheck dangling in front of your face.

I'd like to say I'd take the risk as well, but between the ACL, and didn't he have an ankle issue bothering him this year? I'd probably cash in as well.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I understand what you're saying and I'm not saying anything negative towards the kid at all. But it is ok to take the stance that he could've probably made himself more money by coming back to school.

I'm your huckleberry

But it is ok to take the stance that he could've probably made himself more money by coming back to school.

Agreed that it is okay to take that stance, and I definitely agree that he probably could have made more next year by coming back for 1 more rodeo. We don't know the circumstances behind his decision though, so I'm guessing (100% speculation), that more factors were in play than just the risk of serious injury next year

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Don't you think he probably could have gotten an insurance policy for $200k-300k? Next year he will probably make $500k tops, so I think that additional $200k or so of instant money is not really worth the potential upside of being a Day 1 pick if he had put up similar numbers next year. Oh well, bust of luck to him.

bust of luck to him

....cant tell if typo or passive-aggressive swipe but i will give you the benefit of the doubt.

Good luck, Jerod. I hope to be cheering for you on Sundays in years to come.

I would say his ceiling is probably 3rd round, which would net him over $1M in year 1 between his signing bonus and base salary. His floor is probably 6th round, which would get him about $650k in his rookie season. While I do think he'd go higher with another season of college under his belt, there are a lot of teams looking for QBs and this is a pretty weak QB draft class. Also, monetarily speaking, going in the 6th this year would be better than going in the 3rd next year (assuming he doesn't get cut) because the bump in pay is washed out by the fact he doesn't start getting paid until a year later. Going in the 1st is worth waiting for, but there's no guarantee that coming back would lead to that result, so I can understand it from his perspective too.

Your post contains logic and math, both of which, I do not understand

And some convenient speculation. His floor is an undrafted free agent.

And teams are less invested in 6th round picks than 3rd picks - and thus more likely to roll the dice longer on them.

He already had the injury (at Air Force). He rewrote the record books with a trio of talented wide outs, he is losing 2 of those, plus the o-line starts.

Not much left to prove for him. Selfishly I want a VT Heisman winner, a playoff appearance , and more. I'm sad because I'm selfish. I just hope they don't make him a WR.

The Dude Abides

80% of NFL players are bankrupt within two years of leaving the league. The idea that you go to the NFL and end up making tons of money is mostly falsity.

I really hope he got some guidance from some people in the know so that he doesn't fall into that statistic.

As a side note, I really hope the NCAA allows college athletes to have the option to defer their full time scholarship to post eligibility and guarantees full rides in the case of getting cut for any reason. I'm not in favor of paying the athletes directly but I am heavy in favor of making sure the kids get a chance to get a real education.

Making tons of money =/= being responsible with that money. You make a very substational amount of money in the NFL.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Sort of. IF you make the team, the average career is 3 years and the average salary is $900k. That's $2.7 mill before the govt takes 50%. And your agent gets his cut. Again that's IF you make the team. There's 32 teams 53 guys on a team and there are thousands of guys leaving college every year trying for those 1500 spots not to mention the guys already on the team.

FWIW, signing bonuses are fully guaranteed even if you don't make the team. Agent fees range from 1-3% (3% is the max allowable). Every team has a 10-man practice squad plus unlimited PUP and IR spots. You don't make as much on the practice squad as the active roster, but it's still over $100k for a season. What is deemed a substantial amount of money is probably subjective; not every player becomes a millionaire, but certainly they earn many times over what we earned in our first job coming out of college.

Dark Prescott signed a 4 year contract worth $2.78 million with $383K signing bonus. So a 4th rd pick makes below the league average salary. And at this point everyone would agree he is criminally under paid. But a contract is a contract. And yes only the $383k signing bonus of that was guaranteed.

Only $383k was guaranteed when he signed the contract, but he's now earned $833k between his signing bonus and rookie base salary. His career earnings will be at $1.4M in through his 2nd season and $2M by the end of his 3rd season. He's definitely underpaid in comparison to his performance and peers, but it's still a lot of money to make in one's first few years out of college. Dak is in an almost identical situation as Russell Wilson found himself, and, barring a downturn in production, it will likely play out the same way, with the Cowboys signing him to an extension and huge pay raise after his 3rd season.

As a side note, I really hope the NCAA allows college athletes to have the option to defer their full time scholarship to post eligibility and guarantees full rides in the case of getting cut for any reason. I'm not in favor of paying the athletes directly but I am heavy in favor of making sure the kids get a chance to get a real education.

I think if you decide to leave early then you are forgoing your right to a scholarship. We have a hard enough time getting the money to fund our current scholarships for players playing for VT, I don't think I like the idea of some of that money going to a "bust" re-enrolling in school.

Should that be a case-by-case decision for the coaches, or a one-size-fits-all rule for the NCAA?

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

I would expect that a player that wishes to return to school to finish a degree would be welcomed back by the school. Even if they aren't allowed to give an official "athletic scholarship", since they're no longer eligible to play any benefits they receive likely wouldn't be regulated by the NCAA. If nothing else, I'd expect that Jerod would be given a job in the Athletic Department, which I'd also imagine would include a pretty good break on tuition.

That's probably going to run afoul of Virginia's nepotism laws. There are mechanisms to do emergency hires and such, but if nothing else I think there's going to be a lot of public resistance if former athletes start getting jobs and reduced tuition, honestly, given the struggles of most students who go into significant debt to get a degree.

I didn't mean give them a token title and free tuition just so they can skate by. I'd imagine that on a case by case basis, if they're willing to put in some work they'd be able to get a job in the Athletic Department, at which point they'd get the benefits of working as an employee of the school which I'd assume would come with a fairly good discount on tuition.

But, I suppose I hadn't given it too much thought, as like you've mentioned giving preference to a prior player during the hiring process in the interest of helping him finish his degree could create some ethical concerns.

Also, I was thinking about KJ when I wrote that post, but I just looked it up to correct myself and found that he wasn't hired to be an assistant to the AD until after he finished his degree in 2014.

That's a nice question but also a way oversimplified question.

When you say "money"...is that 1st round money, 5th round money or UFA money? Is that 53 man roster money, practice squad money, Arena League money, or marketing rep money while keeping in shape waiting for your agent to get the next phone call? Because trying to support 9 siblings on, say, a UFA's bonus and a couple years of practice squad salary (after the agent and the taxmen get their cut) is quite different from doing it on a 1st round money.

When you say money...is that what one MIGHT get now or what one MIGHT get next yr (if one's draft stock does or doesn't improve appreciably)?

And what if that "money" isn't really there...is forgoing a year because of injury risk worth the extra yr of school and earning a degree on the Hokie Club's dime rather than your own dime down the road - particularly when you have 9 siblings to support?

The kid made the decision he made. Hopefully he didn't simply ask himself your question without doing a deeper dive because the equation isn't as simple as money vs risk of injury. In fact, I would venture that the vast majority of bad decisions regarding leaving early probably saw it as a simple question much like that.

There is considerable range is those variables - and in Evans' case, they're probably not in his favor. Hope I'm wrong and he beats the odds.

By "money" do you mean practice squad money?

-Stick it in

With the work Fuente and staff are doing, I'm not even worried. Thankful to all of them for a great and fun season!

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Not even a little worried?

The Dude Abides

Yes, a little. But mainly because it takes a while to reload (QB mentoring) and be back to same level. Not worried that we'll get back to the same level, just that I'll want it to happen faster than is likely reasonable.

HTHokie93

At least we have Lawson next year.... oh wait.. = (

It is a natural gift I posess to create friction in sensitive situations.

Jerod gave us a good year, but did anyone else watch the spring game? Jackson gon take us all the way

I think JJ can throw it, but losing the receivers will hurt the passing game.

But Evans was the running game. Not sure if JJ can replicate much of that.

{insert gif of JJs girl winking}

Thankfully, JJ has likely been getting reps with Deablo, Kumah, Bradshaw, Durkin - all the newly minted major contributors.

Meanwhile, Cam must be looking around like

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

I guess we should have offered his brother last year.

Anyone know if he filed his NFL paperwork/received his projection?

Twitter me

If he did, there's a 99.999% chance it didn't come back Rd 1/2.

Does suck but wish him the best. Main reason teams talked about being afraid of playing tech was because of him and his ability to keep us in the game.

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.

This calls for a Jordan / Oprah combo...

GOOD LUCK JEROD!!!

Good Luck Jerod, I hope you get drafted and it works out well for you. I do believe he has the tools and the drive to win to be a NFL QB.
Complete conjecture on my part, but I do wonder if grades had anything to do with this surprising decision?
In either case, thanks for the memories and the great season! Best of luck.

Damn. I wonder what he was told his draft position would be?

Didn't they change that recently just because of situations like this? I believe that now there are only 2 results: "Day 1" or "Later Round/Undrafted".

It will be interesting to see where he goes (if at all).

Day 1 is literally just the first round. They can't be limiting it that much.

I think the grades they give now are "Round 1 or 2" or "stay in school." There have been a ton of underclassmen declaring early lately and a lot of them have wound up going undrafted, I think the advisory board was trying to cut back on that some.

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Correct

Well good luck to him. As I understand it it is a poor QB class so I hope he can get on a roster and eventually start in the NFL. It was great to have him this year.

Never crimp your blasting caps with your teeth. - Dr Haycocks

Its always 110 Holden...said every mining engineer ever.

On top of an already poor qb draft class tribisky laid an egg on national TV during their bowl game. That's gotta make teams think a little harder about picking up Evans instead. Hope he does well in the League.

Danny is always open
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At this junction I hope he does get drafted and does well. Thanks for 2016 Jerod. Josh Jackson will be better for it in the long run.

It is a natural gift I posess to create friction in sensitive situations.

Heard Malik Zaire just committed to Virginia Tech. He then subsequently decided to declare for the NFL draft. Moments later Josh Jackson also declared for the NFL draft.

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

uncharted waters for VT. Maybe the upside to this will be recruiting?

I'm your huckleberry

More QBs in the NFL for VT.

The Dude Abides

On a serious note ND insiders are saying Zaire ruled out VT earlier today

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

We probably told him he had to compete for the starting job.

I wish I hadn't laughed at this.

"I'll put a quote here to distract you from my inane comment."-Me

And Lawson?

On a side note just think about how good Jackson will be by his red-shirt senior year!

Never crimp your blasting caps with your teeth. - Dr Haycocks

Its always 110 Holden...said every mining engineer ever.

Does anyone think this will affect Lawson transferring?

No. He will be our best TE in the last decade.

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

Not you too, Joe.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Et tu Josephus?

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

This made me smile

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Edit: I had too many tabs open and thought you posted this on two different threads.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

You, you,....... you.

*sees name, sees avatar*

Edit: But in all seriousness, welcome to TKP. Have a leg!

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

He's cool. Stand down. Read his profile. He actually bends things for a living.

Welcome to TKP, Benderizer.

He actually bends things for a living

That's what a Bender-eque poster *would* say. I'm on to you, sir!

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

He likes Adibi as his favorite Hokie. The dude abides.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

welcome!

just so you know, bender can be a touchy subject around here: link

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Ah, now I see the issue. That was before my TKP time, and trust me, my motives on this wonderful site are as pure as the driven snow( largely misguided views on VT sports, and the occasional snarky gif).

Thanks for the welcome, and here's to French correcting my mostly uneducated ways on the finer points of football. Hopefully a KPC membership is in the very near future!

See, told y'all it wasn't me.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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I wonder if Cam Phillips is going to declare for the draft? During the last 4 games of the season he was our best receiver, imo.

Cam will finally get to be "the man" next year. Have to think he's looking forward to that, especially after having a breakout year this season.

I wonder how Cam will do without opposing defenses keying on Bucky and Isaiah. It will be very interesting to see how the WR corps develops as a whole, who becomes the #1 guy, the slot guy, speedster, etc.

Agreed, so much young talent on the roster or joining the team soon. Deablo, Cape, Patterson, Pimpleton, Farley, Kumah, Denmark, Savoy...will be fun to see how this plays out, with Cam being the obvious #1 guy now. Have to think Murphy sees a lot more time now, as well as Bradshaw.

I love that murphy kid.

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

Are we 100% certain Cam is coming back for his senior year?

"I mean, you know, fuck them, but good for them." -Too Druck to Funk

Exit Hodges, Ford. Enter Deablo, Kumah.

Not saying they're just gonna plug in with no drop off, obviously. But it's a huge advantage for this offense moving forward that Cam can just stay Cam. He'll still be the slot guy, jet sweeps, etc. His role shouldn't change at all in theory.

(Really believe Deablo in particular could become special. A bigger stronger Ford.)

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

I believe Cam will stay in the slot. Phillip Patterson, Kumah, and Deablo will be the top 3 wide outs IMO.

The new guys will now benefit from people keying off on Cam. Everything comes full circle.

Shit, might as well at this point lol

If he reads this I will kick you in the kneecaps.

"I'll put a quote here to distract you from my inane comment."-Me

Come at me bro!

I hope not and doubt it. But I think there's a decent chance he ends up with a better NFL career than the 3 who are leaving early.

Fuente and his offensive system will make it work no matter who is in there. Great season Jerod, thanks for making VT football relevant again and good luck in the NFL!

That is my hope as well, but if we get Zaire will fall camp be enough for him to learn it? I'm hoping we end up going with Josh Jackson based entirely on 2nd and 3rd hand accounts of his performance in practice and the fact that he's been around much longer.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I am concerned for what this means for the Hokies and I am not sure how much success and money Jerod can expect at the next level, but I sure hope he has success. He's such a great guy and the team really did rally around him when needed.

It likely means that underclassmen get to take the field and prove themselves... Something else that can help recruiting.

Is it football season yet?

I have no doubt about our talent, but I worry about the combined effects of these losses all at once in terms of depth and leadership. Going into the 2017 season, we will have a lot of interesting storylines to follow.

Remember when Danny Coale/Jarrett Boykin/and David Wilson left all at once. Now add in a better recruiting coach with a better OC.
Yea it hurt then, and now, but I think we are a lot better off at rebounding

My only worries for next season remain on both of our lines

The D-Line will reload just fine, offensive line...who knows.

But having an unknown at QB isn't what we wanted for Fuente en Fuego 2.0...

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

We don't know if Settle can be an every down player. That leaves Walker and unknowns. This year was huge having 4 first team level DTs to rotate

I'd say you're half-right.

The defensive line will be fine. Hill, Mihota, Walker, Settle all return. Gaines, Dooley, Sobczak got decent reps. Taylor, Hewitt, Fullwood, others waiting for a shot. We'll miss Woody & Nigel & Kenny, but the future is bright.

OL: who friggin' knows. It was supposed to be one of our most experienced, cohesive units going into the season. Our QB led the team in rushing by a mile. Do the math. Would not surprise me at all if we see at least one '16 starter relegated to backup status in '17.

OLine is the head-scratcher of the 2016 season in my mind, and will be the deciding factor on offense in '17. If we can't run the ball and keep the QB upright, it'll be a tough year (#hottakesonly)

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

" If we can't run the ball and keep the QB upright, it'll be a tough year (#hottakesonly)"

An accurate statement for any year

HTHokie93

A bird in hand is worth 2 in the bush. Go get paid, if you can. Just curious:

-Are there many examples of players that could have gone pro, decided to stay, and got a bigger signing bonus because of it?

-Are there many examples of players who could have gone pro, decided to stay, and didn't get drafted?

Yes.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Well played. Can anyone provide examples?

Can anyone provide signing bonuses for players who remained in college?

No

Eric crouch. Tim tebow.

EDIT: forgot Tebow was a first round pick somehow. Had sanity prevailed he'd have been a 5th rounder, but I'm keeping him on this list for obvious reasons.

Yes his throws look like he was throwing with his off hand sometimes, but he was a very marketable 2 time National Champion winning Heisman winning QB with ZERO off field issues to worry about and very good looking. Marketing would be easy. Remember how he led the league in jersey sales his rookie season?

The Dude Abides

I do! Jesus wears Tebow pajamas

Bad things happen in 3s... Facyson next?

This just paves the way for four straight years of Josh Jackson and a playoff berth.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Jackson will most likely leave early after his third straight Heisman.

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

Once he wins his second during his R-Sophomore year he can leave......

Never crimp your blasting caps with your teeth. - Dr Haycocks

Its always 110 Holden...said every mining engineer ever.

Aren't there 3 already? Next would be 4th

And hopefully not the beginning of another three...

Anybody think Teller or Facyson are next?

FIRST DOWN, HOKIES!

No.

No no no no no no no.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Another TKP'er with an inside #sauce said Teller isn't declaring. I've heard both ways for Facyson.

The ones who were saying Evans was gone were saying Fayscon was next. So at this point I consider him good as gone. I've heard Teller is staying, so that would help.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I guess Facyson is banking on the notion that NFL scouts only watch tape on him from his freshman season. If you thought Evans wasn't ready for the draft, let me introduce you to Brandon Facyson.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Facyson has that long body type that the NFL loves in a CB now. He'll get taken in the middle-late rounds and make enough to bankroll his trip through med school easily.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

That's what you call smart money, right there.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Teller isn't leaving

I think this could actually be a positive. Fuente will have had two QBs drafted in consecutive years. Especially if JJ steps in and is successful, recruiting will be "look what I've done recently here at Tech" in addition to his success at TCU. You can make the NFL as a QB playing for Justin Fuente at Virginia Tech. And with top QB recruits coming in, more guys could come in knowing that they get to play with one of the best QBs in the ACC if not the country.

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Agreed. Jerod leaving early may slow down progress for a half-year; however, your point is great. Players want to play for coaches like that.

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

That's pretty optimistic thinking Evans will be drafted...

Agreed. 2017 will show us if we have a program that reloads or rebuilds. Tough spot for CJF, but I believe he's up to the challenge.

Assuming Fuente doesn't accept the 49ers job.

If the sky is gonna fall, think big.

I like the way you think. I also think think you should put the drink down...but I like the way you think.

Jerod was great on the field and from the little I've heard, even better off the field. Sad we don't have him for another season but I wish nothing but the best for him.

Motley can just use Evans last year of eligibility. That's legal right?

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

If JJ can win the starting job as a r-freshman, then get ready for a very exciting few years. Maybe not 2017, but once this kid develops we could have a very good player on our hands. Let's do this damn thing.

I'm your huckleberry

fuck it...I'm declaring for the NFL draft.

I am just going to tell you straight up. You need another eight to ten years at the college level before you even think about it.

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

Hell of a season, Evans. Thanks for the great year. Go get paid.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Really bummed to see Jerod make that decision, but really excited that Fuente convinced Hooker to enroll early. He is the real deal and its gonna be an exciting QB competition to watch unfold.

I can't blame him. He had 200+ carries. That's a ton of hits.

Good luck and I appreciate his massive contribution to VT football

He just had an identical season to Dak's two seasons at MSU. Considering Prescott's success and the abysmal QB performance yet again throughout the NFL, he should feel pretty comfortable that he will be drafted and probably make a roster.

You're right, he took a ton of physical abuse and he's already had a knee surgery. Even though I think he could have had a better draft after another successful season, I'm starting to understand why he did it.

Yeah, it's not hard to understand. Comparisons to Dak's time at Miss St., the early comparisons to Cam when Evans first came out of JUCO... I doubt he'll go before Day 3 and I think he would have greatly benefited from staying another year but I wish him nothing but the utmost success

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Perfectly said

The only problem that I have with the comparisons to Dak are these:

1. There are not 31 other offensive lines like the Dallas O-line, otherwise there would be a bunch of better QBs in the NFL.

2. The same can be said for RB talent. Dallas has hit the lottery this year with a great RB to match with a QB and O-line that make everything look better.

Run to Win. Pass To Score

3. The same can be said for receiving talent, including Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.

4. Even if such a team did exist and drafted him, what are the odds their starting QB gets injured for most of the season, allowing him to get on the field?

Should also mention that Dak was a 3 year starter, whereas Evans only has one season. I'm also pretty sure Dak didn't have anyone as good as Isaiah Ford at MSU.

Welcome to Big Time college football. :(

Jerod knows things about his situation and projected draft stock that I have no way of knowing. I wish him the very best and all I ask is that he refer his siblings to play for VT.
#thetenthEvans

I got a lot of faith in Fuente. We were in a similar quarterback position last year and look how it turned out.

Fuente also came into last year expecting Paxton Lynch to leave and developed a strong relationship with Jerod Evans while he was at TVCC throughout the year (Fuente heavily recriuted Evans to come to Memphis when he was the coach there). I don't think Fuente was expecting this, now we're playing catchup.

This is a risk you run with a graduate transfer or a junior college player who has been out of high school for 4 years. They are temporary fixes not long term solutions. I wish him the best and I hope he makes an NFL team. But the days of having a 3 or 4 year starter are rare especially if the player has some success. Cardale Jones went pro and he had less playing time than Evans in college IIRC. Perhaps Evans feels he has peaked and strike while the iron is hot.

I'm not sure Cardale Jones is the best example.

I wish him well and all the best, and I'd hate to say this, but I hope he enjoys holding a clipboard. That's just what I feel is the inevitable truth for him. It'd be awesome if I was wrong.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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I'd hold a clipboard for ~$450k a year.

Would you settle for holding a clipboard for $450k if you knew your legitimate potential was to start for $2m?

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

If there were 2 buttons and 1 was a guaranteed 1 million dollars and the other was a 50/50 chance of 20 million, which one would you pick?

This has nothing to do with Jerod I just like hypothetical questions.

Risk averse, give me the million and invest that bad boy.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Holding a clipboard might be the celing unfortunately.

I guess this qualifies as evidence that we are definitely NOT paying our players! Glass half full!

Tell me more about jerod's younger siblings... #fullers

I'm trying really hard to understand this and not make a bitter statement about I'll regret. I'm thrilled for Isaiah, but Jerod leaving puts a very bad taste in my mouth. Can't say I don't understand his choice though. I wish him nothing but the best.

"Tyrod, looking desperately, now throws it deep, has a man open, CAUUUGHT! Danny Coale, all the way!"

I have 3 favorite teams. VT, Kentucky, and whoever the hell is playing Tennessee.

The more I think of this the more excited I am getting for the opportunity presented to the 2017 Virginia Tech football team. If this team can continue putting up big numbers on offense next year, that should pay huge dividends in recruiting down the line. Now is the time for the coaches to prove they are as good as advertised offensively and prove to the recruits out there that we are the team you want to play for if you want your draft stock maximized.

And we have the opportunity for a redshirt freshman who already has a year of Fuente training under his belt throwing to a senior Cam Phillips and a host of talented youngsters ready to set the foundation for the future of VT football. Oh, and our defense should still be dominant.

Sucks that we open with WVU... Would much rather have a warm-up before then to get everyone on the same page. Hopefully it allows us to take them off guard.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I'm interested to see how CJF does with a full year under his belt. Now he's just introducing 1 class to this culture instead of all 4 and he has the upperclassmen's help to do it.

I'm hoping we show an improved ability to jump on a new season. I loved Frank, but it became much too familiar for us to stumble through the first few games before "simplifying" our offense, even before Loeffler.

On that note, fuck WVU.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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Take a look at WVUs depth chart-they'll be more decimated than we are. That said, take the under.

Should we schedule a warm-up game with Liberty if they have a preseason opening?

Don't let this distract you from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24-0 halftime lead!

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Just going to throw this out there...

Maybe this creates an interesting situation leading up to national signing day for us! While most of the 4/5 star kids have already committed, the playing time situation has just done a 180 from what 99.9% of those guys were thinking VT would be dealing with.

We already have all of our WRs and our QB for this class. They're some good ones too

I realize Hooker is on board, but at this point we need bodies & playing time is available. Having the 1 incoming option is good, but 2 would be great!

247 VT 2017 Offers

Like one of the remaining 7 on this list! :)

Farley will begin at QB.

We have "given kids a shot at QB" multiple times in the past which usually means a change of position is in order. Didn't he also play solely WR at the Shrine bowl and got a lot of recognition in his skills while doing so?

Motley and LT are obvious examples of kids who everyone had pegged for different positions but stuck at QB.

I'm watching Trace McSorley right now, who grew up a VT fan but felt like we would push him to FS. PSU found the QB in him.

Unfortunately, SC ended up finding the Johnny Manziel in him.

What a fuckin' game that was.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Does Trace knowz Bam Bam Kam?

Bam Bam Kam the HS QB

Bam Bam Kam the FS

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Yes. Farley took WR reps at the Shrine Bowl and looked good and fluid enough doing it to warrant a huge boost in rating from 247. (Went from an 87ish rating which is 3* to a 93 rating which is a 4* recruit.

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-Corey Marshall

Here's a fun fact for you. VT, UNC, Pitt, GT and most likely Miami are all losing their starting qbs from this year. Duke and UVA are the only ones returning qbs and UVAs second qb Matt Johns is graduating too.

In summary . . . UVA still sucks.

"Vick, dashing back . . . here he comes again . . . Electrifying . . . and have you ever seen anything like this?"

I heard GT's backup QB wasn't any good. /s

Hey I gave you a leg but dude that's really not funny.

"Don't go to, go through"

A couple delusionals on the sabre thinking evans, Ford and hodges leaving they'll have a shot at beating us next year. Mentioned the talent gap closing. If they pay attention to recruiting, they would see it widening. Once signing day rolls around we'll be in the teens and they'll barely beat 50.

Evans also probably took into consideration that he was losing both Ford and Bucky and was probably going to see a decline in his stats.

I think he should have stayed for his senior year but I am all for go get your money. At the end of the day, it's a business.

I am all for go get your money.

If he was a high graded QB I think we would all be on board. Most fans are nervous he goes undrafted and doesn't get any money compared to the very high stock he could have had next year. I want all our players to get paid as much as possible. I don't think this decision does this.

When you have the kind of year and success that Jerod just had, there is a feeling that you wield magic, ooze mojo, and perhaps possess some degree of the force. Nothing happened to Jerod this year that would give him the slightest reason to believe that he needs more experience at this level in order to be prepared to challenge at the next level. Sure, we can talk of progressions, reading defenses, etc., but the simple fact is that the guy went out and quasi-singlehandedly (many times at least) won us a bunch of games. He may eventually face an immovable object (? prostyle defenses with lightning speed and devious designs?) that leads him to question his decision to leave early - but right now he sees a door to his childhood dreams (beyond the $$) and he's going to open it, bring his best, and let the chips fall. I wish him the best.

"I play real sports, not trying to be the best at exercising..." - KP

Don't we have a young Evans walking on at qb?

I tell you I do feel a little bad for Fuente though. Not that I disagree with anybody's decisions, it's just that I'm afraid that many in the fan base are going to be expecting 10 wins next year (not saying it absolutely can't happen. The man definitely set the bar pretty high for himself.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

I don't blame Evans for wanting to Leave. I believe he had an injury year his freshmen year at AFA, then 2 years at Community college and another year at VT. Thats 4 years out of high school. If you think about it from that perspective, it might be the right situation for him. I would definitely want him at VT next year.

I'm not on-board with Malik Zaire though. I'd rather have Josh Jackson go through the growing pains. And Have Hendon learn behind him.

As for hodges, it will be a miss but we got a couple of tight ends coming in who are 6 foot 6, hopefully one of them pans out. We also have Durkin as a TE, hopefully stays injury free, maybe we can use him as an HB.

Ford is a big loss, but I think Phillips can be the man next year, with some of the younger receivers picking it up plus Fuente picked up 4 commitments for 2017, hopefully one of them is ready as a Freshmen.

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The more I think about it, the more I agree on Josh Jackson. If this kid is the real deal, then why not take our lumps as he grows? Could pay dividends in the future.

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I would be ok with JJ and Durkin backing him up, redshirting Hooker and Farley.

But I would prefer a guy of Zaires quality (he's a lot like Golson, who he beat out) to compete with JJ and leave Durkin at HBack. Then we have rSoph JJ competing with rFr Hooker/Farley in 2018.

I totally agree about Jackson and hope he is the real deal, but other than Hooker and himself, we'd have no other scholarship guys. That's a tall order, to ask two freshmen QBs, one currently not even in Blacksburg yet, to lead the team going forward. I believe Bitter said it and I agree completely, would be nice to get a grad transfer in here, whether that's Zaire or not. At this point we just need healthy bodies with some kind of experience imo.

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

From depth perspective, are there any possible guys other via junior college, transfers, fork union, etc...?

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I have no idea. I said this on another forum and could be a huge stretch of an idea, but if push comes to shove I almost wonder if the coaching staff would throw around the idea of switching McMillian back to QB. He played in high school, was a 4 star at the position, and really there is a lot of depth at RB already, especially if the coaching staff continues to give the ball to Peoples or any other FB for that matter. This wouldn't be an ideal situation but Jerod leaving doesn't exactly leave the team in an ideal situation either.

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

McMillian the college prospect was a 4-star ATH/RB not a QB

Hey, Evans gave us a great year, though I had hoped we'd get another one.

I wish him the best of luck.

Fuente's challenges for this year just multiplied.

IF Jerod can go to a team and learn behind a good, established QB for a year or so, I could see this working out okay for him. I think he's going to struggle if asked to start immediately.

For us, I'm pretty excited about Jackson and if Hooker can push him, all the better.

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IF Jerod can go to a team and learn behind a good, established QB for a year or so

Late selection by Pittsburgh maybe? Big Ben is 34, so Jerod would have 2-3 (ish) years to develop and learn the offense from Ben.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

They have Landry Jones they drafted a couple years ago already

Which is why they need a new QB for when Landry's wants a second contract.

I think Landry is a free agent after this season. Don't know if anyone will want him more than the Steelers; but it is possible the Steelers could need a new back up QB next year.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

Where is Lawson?!

Saints would be a really good choice. Drew Brees is 37 and who can argue with his numbers?

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Perfect offensive scheme as well. Need a mobile QB who can throw timing routes.

He'll need to do some serious work on progressions and especially on throwing a better deep ball - but yeah, New Orleans could be a real nice fit.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

As much as I want to agree with you all, I cannot promote the idea of Hokies going to play for the Saints.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

While finding Drew Brees' age, I also noted that Corey Fuller is a Saint.

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When I'm out of town like I was the last couple of weeks, I sure don't....

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Sorry, but anybody looking at needing a starting QB in a year or so isn't going to be drafting Evans for that purpose.

If he gets drafted, it'll most likely be by a team with 2nd and/or 3rd string QBs in the 4th yr of their rookie contract.

Here's to Evans finishing 2nd in the MVP voting to Tyrod Taylor next here and securing an eight figure endorsement deal with Nike.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Thank you Jerod for a hell of a season and best of luck in the NFL!

That being said, I still believe next year will be special for Hokie football!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

This is the worst news that I have heard all year.

With Jerod, we are a clear favorite to win the Coastal, and then maybe a dark horse for the playoffs. This really sucks.

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I really hope we beat Clemson in Blacksburg next year. I hope the new man is up to the challenge.

You guys. We want Virginia Tech NFL players. It helps with recruiting. Hopefully he makes a shit ton of money and joins the Hokie Club. Let's not question his decision, but support him as the Hokie homers we all are.

Jerod / Bucky / Ford (?) - I'll be rooting for you wherever you end up. Go kill it.

Fuente / Cornelsen - go find someone better than Jerod. They are out there.

As for the WR position - Here's something. I am confident that we will be improved at the position next year even if Ford leaves. Cam / CJ Carrol / Kumah / Deablo / Patterson / Capehart / Pimpleton. These were highly sought after kids, with Patterson / Kumah / Deablo being big outside bodies. Ford had good hands and speed, and elite body control. Bucky obviously had some faults as a pass catcher, including many drops. I think 2016's production is replaceable in a group effort with this roster and coaching staff.

With all that said, please let us watch you one more year Ford.

Hopefully he makes a shit ton of money and joins the Hokie Club TKP Players Club

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See "Issiah Ford Declares for NFL draft"

Why does everyone always leave out Henri Murphy? He really impressed this year with a few good body control catches early in the year, has great instincts and speed on end arounds and can get deep.

If I'm guessing catches next year, I got:
Phillips 68, Murphy 45, Carroll 40, Deablo 25, Kumah 20, Drake 20, Patterson 15.

I agree , Murphy will be the big surprise next year. Also no one mentions Jaylen Bradshaw. He looked good prior to injury.

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Outside shot here: but has he retained an agent?

Is there any chance it is like the NBA where you can declare, put some feelers out, but change your mind and do what I want and come back?

I can't feel good about a rookie QB against WVU, I won't imagine it.

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First let me start by saying thank you Jerod Evans. While your time here was brief, you embraced the Hokie culture and lifestyle. You helped breath some new life into a program that people weren't sure which direction it was heading.

Now Hokie Nation. If this is what Fuente can do with a Qb in just one season. Imagine if he has a guy in his system for 2 or 3 years. The future is bright y'all. I know we're good.

There is a lot of focus here on his play at QB and having his receivers leave.

He was our entire running game , outside of a few flashes from McMillan or Rogers. That is going to be half of my concern, we don't have anyone that I can feel like is going to shoulder that load.

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Having an o-line coached by the same man for more than one year will help the running game.

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Yeah, that is somewhat a concern of mine as well. Jackson certainly has some wheels, but he's nowhere near the power run threat that Evans was for us. My initial thought was maybe we move Durkin back over to QB and give him some reps here, but who knows if he would even want to switch back at this point. He could certainly be that tough, physical runner in the option game. But I'm pretty sure this ship has sailed.

Is Williams knee injury an ACL? Or something more manageable like a meniscus?

I think Holston has a chance to take over for TMac. He's never looked like a natural RB to me.

From what I understand, Fuente prefers a pocket passer anyways and was always very hesitant to let Jerod take off. I think moving away from a duel threat QB was inevitable in his system anyways so this is just forcing it to happen a year sooner.

Lynch ran the ball plenty of times for Memphis. The entire offensive scheme is built around the read option and would get ineffective fast if the QB isn't at least a threat to run. Jackson and Hooker aren't pro-style QB's. They both can move.

I read this post like

But in all honesty, it's for the best. The cupboard still isn't bare. And Fuente has even said early on that JJ deserved to battle and have reps for the QB1 spot.

In Fuente and Foster I trust.

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First non-vt related take I've seen on it. Calls it a bad move, but also says he's likely a 4th rounder, in which case I can't blame Jerod too much for leaving.

http://walterfootball.com/draft2017underclassmen.php

Projected Round (2017): 2-4.
I don't understand this decision at all. Jerod Evans is a slightly undersized, one-year starter who was expected to play another season at Virginia Tech. Evans was set to lose Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges to the NFL, but that didn't mean that he had to bolt for the pros either.

Evans is not ready for the NFL, and league decision-makers are bound to agree. He has upside, and he's coming off a great year, so he'll be taken around the fourth round at the latest. There's a chance a team could fall in love with him and select him early on Day 2, but that's the best-case scenario. Evans would've done better with another year of experience.

The Verdict: Bad move

He lost me at "slightly undersized"

I'd call this analysis spot-on aside from the size "issue". Evans is a beast.

If anything, I'd like to see him lose 5-10 lbs and replace it with more muscle. He looks a little "farm-strong" to me.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

He's 6'3" and that is slightly shorter than desirable in the NFL (the book says 6'4" - 6'5")

He walked by me in Charlotte. He's not 6'3".

So he's 6-4 or more like 6-2?

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

More like 6'2" - and probably a little less, IMO. And pro scouts certainly shy away from "shorter" QBs.

But many players at most schools have heights, weights, 40 times, etc which are exaggerated. (Hell, most guys in general exaggerate their height). So if the curve is the same for everyone, does it really matter whether he's a true 6'3"? I know he certainly doesn't look or play small on the field.

I guess we'll find out at the combine - assuming he gets invited.

Most agree with that, but 4th round is where Dak was taken and is good money for Evans.

Tajh Boyd was seen as Rd 1 pick, but fell precipitously when real NFL scouts got a closer look. I hope I'm wrong but fear the same for Evans.

Was upset at first. It realizing nothing I say will change the situation so now I'm excited for the future.

Hopefully Hooker can get in early and we'll have great competition this spring at the QB spot.

Is it spring ball yet???

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

Twitter analysts going at Jerod in the replies to his tweet, sigh.

First Willis, now Jerod. I hate VT Twitter sometimes.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Three additional scholarships for this class... Yipeeeeee

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

So, are there any potential graduate transfers out there (aside from Zaire, who's reportedly not interested in VT) that Coach Fu could chase this winter to shore up the depth chart at QB?

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Maybe he learned from Logan Thomas, remember when he stayed after being a Top QB

I personally do think it is a bad call but stuff happens

Whaaaa? Logan had one good year (2011). He was mediocre in 2012 and slightly better in 2013. He would've done worse declaring in '12.

I think that's the point. Logan should've left after R-So year, when he was a projected "future" first rounder.

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He was mediocre in 2012

In 2012 when he had lost his 2 leading receivers and leading RB

I just read this entire thread and saw TKP go through all of the phases of grief:

Denial, Anger (WTF was up with Arnie?), Bargaining, Depression, and then Acceptance in one thread.

Great work TKP, and Jerod, Love you and thank you.

Go Hokies!

If he changes his mind, can he come back for his 4th year? Isn't that pssible?

"Most students who are there want to be nowhere else... Once a Hokie, always a Hokie." - Chris Fowler

It's possible if he doesn't sign an agent.

This must be how it felt for OKC fans when KD left. The guy you had built your entire team around, right when there was some real momentum, decides to part ways. I mean that in all respect and hope he proves the doubters wrong, myself included. But I can't help but think this is an awful decision on his part. Fournette and McCaffrey had everything to lose by staying another year in college, but Jerod has everything to lose by declaring early. Had he returned, there was no telling what the ceiling could be for him this time next year. I'm saying all this in the interest of his career and any NFL potential he might have, because honestly we'll be fine with whoever Coach Fuente chooses as our next QB. Hope he gets to follow his dream of being an NFL QB some day because I know that's why he ended up in Blacksburg. Nonethless best of luck to him, I really hope he succeeds and I am saying all this knowing good and well I am nothing more than another arm chair QB.

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I'd say its more like the Orlando Magic. They had Shaq and Penny Hardaway for the perfect team. A team that became the lakers with Shaq and Kobe
Check out http://www.espn.com/30for30/film?page=thismagicmoment
When watching this It struck me, is MVick to the NFL what Shaq was to the NBA. Or did Vick instead have the role of Haradway, never able to capitalize and win a championship. But still game changing

Fuente has proven to get every last drop of production out of his players. He inherited a team at Memphis that had won 5 games in three years. Inherited the 92nd ranked recruiting class that happened to have a QB recruited for another system. A few years later that QB was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. I think we'll be okay guys.

Always choose joy.

Until Tech can recruit at a higher level, I feel 10-11 wins is the ceiling. I believe that having multiple players get drafted early will bring in the blue chips we keep missing on. I hope Jerod, Isaiah and Bucky kill it in the NFL.

Bucky Hodges is always open

I get why he did it, but I just don't see him being a viable QB or backup for quite some time. He rarely makes reads past his first option, and when he loses that first read he automatically resorts to his legs. His pocket presence also needs work. Basically things that could easily be fixed with another season of CFB under his belt.

I get that's it's a weak class but again, I'm trying to think of teams that desperately need a QB and can't think of many outside of the Browns (yuck).

Whatever. I wish him the best of luck. He's a great, hungry guy and I reallllllly hope he finds some success in the NFL, but I can't help but feel that another year playing college ball would've really helped his long term future.

Really hope he does not end up at the Browns. That team is a train wreck.

Doesn't matter if it's cake or pie as long as it's chocolate.

Nobody is going to be drafting him to be a starter anytime soon.

How many damn times are you going to type that?

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Each time someone suggests otherwise.

Why do you care?

It's repetitive, adds nothing new and honestly why does it matter. He is gone let him try it and if it doesn't work o well.

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Are you referring to the multiple pie in the sky posts that keep suggesting teams are going to be drafting him to replace their starter - or my two responses suggesting that teams don't draft guys in the mid-low rounds with any expectation they're going to be anything more than a cheap, serviceable back-up in case of emergency? Because it's not clear to me which of those two perspectives are commenting on his decision.

I'm just wondering because one might conclude that only certain repetitive posts - possibly posts you disagree with - seem to draw your benevolent interest and concern for TKP community.

The thing is I agree with you. Evans chances are better that he will be a backup in the NFL. But saying that in multiple ways on multiple threads and saying it in way that casts disparity on the kid for choosing to go pro isn't something I think needs to be done.

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Oh, I absolutely do think he made an unwise move, but I wasn't saying that nor even implying it by saying he won't be the target of a team looking for a starter in the near-term.

I'm just saying that mid-low Rd QBs aren't generally viewed as starter material - their purpose is to hopefully develop into a #2 guy for 3 or 4 yr's at a rookie contract salary. That applies to any of the 6-10 QBs that will get drafted in Rd 4 and below or UFA's.

If they develop into anything more than that? That's gravy. But very few do and it's not the expectation of franchises.

Off the top of my head, I think it's most likely he ends up in a place like Miami or Oakland or Cincinnati with a relatively young, established starter or a place that already has a couple of QBs and they park him on the practice squad and see what happens. I don't see him going to a place that has no starter (that's where TT5 goes) or a place where the starter is near the end of the road.

How about Shane Morris, grad transfer from Michigan? I think he's way more athletic than most give him credit for. More polished than Jerod

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxMknB34CEc

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Wow.

Leonard. Duh.

Well, Evans just officially added his name to the list of Tech QBs who never lost to LOLUVA.

He could honestly make sooooo much more money next year

We swarm

This makes me feel like

What are the possibilities he reverses this decision?

Lets say a bunch more junior Quarterbacks decide to try for the NFL, all of a sudden the pool looks deep. Is there a chance he can say, 'On second thought, Ive decided to stay for my Senior year'?

He can come back then...Right?

...Right?

I think it all depends on whether he hires an agent or not. He also has to keep attending class.

Not just attending, he would have to be registered for classes. His last day to withdraw I believe is the 18th of January if he hasnt signed with an agent.

Here's hoping NFL announcers and reporters figure out how to pronounce his name.

Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech, just declared early for the draft. He is rated fifth of all QBs on Kiper's draft board and he only received a second round grade from the draft board according to what he told ESPN.

Consider this about Mahomes,

Mahomes took over the Red Raiders' starting job as a true freshman late in the 2014 season and has produced 12,053 total yards of offense and 114 touchdowns during his time in Lubbock. He leaves as the No. 3 passer in Texas Tech history with 11,252 career passing yards.

He broke several FBS, Big 12 and school records in October when he produced 819 total yards and completed 52 passes on 88 attempts in a 66-59 loss to eventual Big 12 champion Oklahoma.

Cant see Evans coming off the board before Mahomes.

Article Here

Here is Kiper's Top Ten QB's:

1. *Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
2. **DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame (Declared for Draft)
3. *Deshaun Watson, Clemson (Been announced he will, but has not officially yet)
4. *Luke Falk, Washington State (Announced he is returning for Senior Year)
5. *Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech (Declared for Draft)
6. *Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (Announced he is returning for Senior Year)
7. *Brad Kaaya, Miami (Fla.) (Declared for Draft)
8. *Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (Announced he is returning for Senior Year)
9. Antonio Pipkin, Tiffin (Senior participating in Senior Bowl)
10. Davis Webb, California (Senior in Draft)

Six of these 10 will be in the draft unless they withdraw, with no decision yet from Trubisky.

So its settled then...

Jerod Evans will rescind his decision to declare for the draft and will be the first Hokie to win the Heisman.

Last year, 15 QBs were selected in the NFL draft. Only 4 of those went in the first two rounds (Goff, Wentz, Lynch, Hackenberg).

Yeah, Evans is right there with Kaaya. About 5th or so. Ahead of guys not mentioned like Swag Kelly and Josh Dobbs.

Mahomes played in an Air Raid system, so take his draft grade with

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

A lot here, so sorry to do a TL;DR but I shall.

Bitter pointed it out pretty well. With all his star receivers leaving, and Rogers leaving too, there's a high chance that his numbers next year will be a lot shoddier than this past year. Why risk a LT3-type return when he's got the numbers to get drafted, even if it's a 4-5 round grade? No guarantee that even if he got better in his reads and progressed accordingly that he'll get a higher grade.

# of QBs selected by round in 2016:
Rd One: 3
Rd Two: 1
Rd Three: 2
Rd Four: 3
Rd Five: 1
Rd Six: 4
Rd Seven: 1

To be drafted in rounds 4-5 he would have to be between the 6th and 10th best QB on the board, which I am not convinced he is.. I'm worried he goes Rounds 6-7 or undrafted.

edit: NFL Draft 2016 link

There are only maybe three guys who got drafted on that list who I think are/were as NFL ready as Jerod.

This could get ugly for everyone if this year's class is similar.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I'm calling it now. Evans, 2nd Round to Cardinals.

On a side note, I was looking at a mock NFL draft today where the only Hokie in the first two rounds was Bucky at 55 to the NYG.

I completely support this draft pick!

I don't. The Giants don't know what to do with Hokie TE's. They dropped Malleck didn't they.

so...you're saying they did what Quinn Blanding never could?

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This is an underrated comment right now.

Anyone know if he has an agent or is just testing the waters? Forgive me if someone has already asked this.

Very interesting take from David Teel- essentially speculating that too many carries and not enough throws were a factor.

http://www.dailypress.com/sports/teel-blog/dp-teel-time-evans-nfl-draft-...

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That is an interesting read. I'd be curious what the breakdown was between designed runs and him taking off after the pocket collapsed. Either way, it sounds like he wanted to throw more.

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In the week after the ACCCG I heard multiple rumors on campus, from people I trust, that this was the case. Like Teel, I ignored them.

I think that Jerod knew he would be counted on to run again in '17 and didn't want to risk it. I can't blame him, but you really can't blame Fuente/Cornelsen either.

Well I made the mistake of reading the tweets in response to Evans tweet announcing he was leaving. What the hell is wrong with people!

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Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who led all FBS players in total offense the past 2 years

Where is Lawson?!

Anyone on the Minnesota roster worth going after?

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Dadi Nicolas?

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Pretty sure he was talking about the University of Minnesota, who just fired their head coach for supporting his players when they decided to boycott the bowl game because the school suspended 10 of their teammates. The school leadership decided that the coach supporting his players deserved his firing because of the misconduct the 10 students were accused of. Lot of players rumored to be looking to leave the program immediately with the firing and the suspensions. Only way they would help us next season is if they were a graduate transfer, otherwise they would have to sit out a season.

Conney Durr DB follows Fuente and Fuente follows him. Was between VT and Minny this past recruiting class and he took his talents to Minny.

He started as a Freshman and would have to sit out a year... however he could be redshirted for that year!

Remember him and wasn't sure why he went to the frozen north. Just like I don't get the Iowa State recruiting.

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This is bad for VT. If we want to recruit at the next level, we can't take the foot off the gas in the win column. A stutter next year will make this year look like a fluke (potentially).

Good luck Evans

Putting players into the NFL is never bad for recruiting.

Always choose joy.

It doesnt necessarily help if those players aren't at least moderately successful. Having guys like Kam and Brandon Flowers, among many other secondary players is why we touted the #DBU moniker. If Evans goes up and flares out like Logan did, it doesn't do a lot to help us long term. Hopefully this group is wildly successful or at least manages to stay in the league for awhile. Bucky and Jerod worry me because I think they are both still major projects, so if they don't find the right situation right away, their opportunity may pass them by.

A flame out in the NFL is still better than not putting them in the NFL. Considering the percentages that actually make it in the NFL...a vast majority of players who play college snaps will never sniff a signing bonus.

Always choose joy.

Not really. It's largely a non-event that neither helps nor hurts. It's just a stat VT (and every other program) throws out there saying they've has had x players drafted or play in the NFL.

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Ehhh nevermind

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Putting players in the NFL is not everything for recruiting that is the school culture. SEE SEC and the recruiting it lives on the SEC Culture
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As for the numbers in results
Team - Wins / Loses -----5 Star/4 Star recruits 2010-2015

  • ARKANSAS 43 - 33 --- 0/28
  • Boise St. 64 - 15 ---- 0/2
  • Clemson 62 - 19 ---- 7/39
  • V Tech 51 - 29 ---- 1/25
  • Iowa 46 - 32 ---- 0/10

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It is something though i guess

I clearly have no opportunity to play pro football but just looking at the numbers on those checks makes me start to dream... I can see why these guys have such a pull to go to the Niffle.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

They left off the second part of Warmack's quote. He finished it up by saying "...and to get paid while doing them, was even better!"

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

JT Barrett is coming back next year. Why can't we have nice things?

It is a natural gift I posess to create friction in sensitive situations.

He kinda sucks.

Always choose joy.

He kinda broke all the Ohio state passing records when he had a competent OC as a freshman. He is a good player to have running your offense, he's not some scrub.

Right about now, I'd take him.

Norm Wood tweet:

http://NFLDraftScout.com has updated '17 pre-draft prospect rankings. Has #Hokies' Evans possible 5th or 6th rd. pick, 8th best QB available.

At least he's projected to be drafted.

QB rankings

that same site has Bucky as the #3 TE going in the second round, and Ford as the #8 WR going in the 2-3rd round.

It also has Sam Rogers as the #1 FB, going in the 5th

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

McGlock in the 7th as the 19th OT.
Chuck Clark as the 19th FS undrafted.
Ekanem as the 31st DE just outside the 7-FA range
Woody Baron at 23rd DT around the 7-FA

For those who don't have time to search all the positions. It will be fun to watch everything fall into place after the combine and pro days.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

Annnnnd now Elijah Hood declares for the draft after originally intending to stay at UNC.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

good. I was worried fedora might eventually figure out that he could win most games by just calling Hood's number every play...

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I would question a list with this years QB's if he isn't in top 10.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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