The Elephant in the Room: Quarterback Play in the 2018 Virginia Tech Spring Game

2,500 word analysis of how QBs Josh Jackson, Ryan Willis, and Hendon Hooker performed in the Hokies' spring game. Plus insight into Tech's wide receiver corps.

QB Ryan Willis (No. 5) made a strong impression on the Lane Stadium faithful. [Mark Umansky]

Spring football is about teaching, player development, and personnel evaluation. Throughout the spring, the Hokies have had an ongoing competition at quarterback. Josh Jackson's struggles down the stretch of the 2017 reinforced the old adage that the most popular person on campus is the backup quarterback. Will Jackson leap forward in his second season behind center? Or will the limitations Jackson displayed at the end of last season — slow decision making, inaccurate passing, and below average rush threat — open the door for Ryan Willis or Hendon Hooker to make their case for playing time? Due to a tightly guarded spring, the Hokie faithful had their first real look at answering those questions on Saturday.

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