New Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente has tabbed Jerod Evans as his Week 1 quarterback when the Hokies take on Liberty at home on September 3.
Evans comes to Virginia Tech amid some fanfare after transferring in from Trinity Valley Community College (via Air Force).
Virginia Tech’s official football Twitter account made the announcement on Thursday. However, the account states that Fuente will have other quarterbacks on call as well.
— VT Football (@VT_Football) August 25, 2016
With Michael Brewer no longer around, it was quite the open competition to be Virginia Tech’s new quarterback. Evans beat out fifth-year senior Brenden Motley and true freshman Josh Jackson for the right to start on Week 1.
Still Fuente was most impressed with Evans this summer. More from Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times:
He thought he used the summer and early August well to further his development.
“All facets of it,” Evans said at media day earlier this month about his improvement. “Mentally, physically, emotionally. As a human being you want to perfect yourself in all aspects of life and that’s what I want to do as a football player.”
Evans, a 6’4”, 225-pound dual-threat quarterback from Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield High School) was one of the more sought-after junior college prospects last season. According to 247Sports., Evans was rated as a 4-star recruit. The site ranked him as the No. 7 overall junior college prospect in the country and the best dual-threat quarterback in the country.
Virginia Tech is coming off a solid season in which was emotional farewell for legendary coach Frank Beamer. The Hokies finished 7-6 overall and 4-4 in ACC action, where they came in a tie for fourth place in the ACC Coastal Division.
The Hokies went out in style for Beamer by winning a shootout against Tulsa in the Camping World Independence Bowl.