Fresno State has named redshirt freshman Chason Virgil as the team’s starting quarterback for its season opener at Nebraska next Saturday.
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“We knew Chason had an advantage having been here a year and a half now, having gone through spring in the system,” Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said Thursday. “But I think bringing the three quarterbacks in gave him some great competition, which made him push even harder, and he stood up to that competition.
“He earned the job. It wasn’t that we’re just selecting somebody. He clearly separated himself. If you look at the statistics, he had over twice the throws and less than half of the interceptions of any of the guys that were close to him. The longer we were in the system, the clearer it became.”
Virgil, who was selected by teammates as one of four team captains, played in three games last season before being sidelined by a shoulder injury. He was still eligible for a red shirt and thus has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
In his three games, Virgil completed 31 of 56 passes (55.4 percent) for 298 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Freshman James Quentin Davis, graduate transfer Zach Kline and community college transfer Christian Rossi are still competing to be the backup quarterback.