Eyes on the Enemy: Virginia Tech’s Nightmare Offseason

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Just when Virginia Tech fans thought their offseason couldn’t get any worse, it did. Early Thursday morning, rumors began to swirl that returning quarterback Josh Jackson’s status with the team may be uncertain.

“As of right now, Josh is still a member of the Virginia Tech football team,” Jackson’s father Fred told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “We’ll know more in two days. It’s too early to talk about this.”

Jackson attempted all but eight of Virginia Tech’s passes in 2017 on his way to tossing 19 touchdowns through the air. Jackson, a rising sophomore was expected to take the next step in his career and be among the leading quarterbacks in the ACC this coming season.

Speculation is Jackson could be looking at anywhere from a suspension to a dismissal from the team. Should this be the case, the Hokies would likely look to redshirt freshman Hendon Hooker to take the first snap against Florida State on Labor Day.

The Jackson news is just the latest in what has been an eventful Virginia Tech offseason. The Hokies defense already lost Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds to the first round of the NFL Draft back in April among others.

Two players that were expected to step in and be big-time contributors were cornerbacks Adonis Alexander and Jeremy Webb.

Unfortunately for the Hokies, Adonis learned that he had been ruled academically ineligible and was forced to leave the program.

Webb also learned he would miss the 2018 campaign after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury during offseason workouts hitting Virginia Tech’s defensive depth even further.

The nightmare of an offseason began back in April when co-defensive coordinator Galen Scott was forced to resign after a recruiting trip scandal.

“Scott, who was promoted by head coach Justin Fuente in January, stepped down after the husband of the woman Scott had an affair with during recruiting trips revealed the affair on Twitter and tweeted at Virginia Tech, Fuente and media outlets last week.” according to USA Today.

Scott was outed by the husband of the woman he was allegedly having an affair with.

“No news is good news” is often a general rule of thumb for most college football programs during the offseason. Unfortunately for the Hokies, that has been far from the case and we are still nearly three months from kickoff.

Florida State will take on Virginia Tech on Monday, September 3 at 8 p.m. inside of Doak Campbell Stadium. The Labor Day battle will mark the official beginning of the Willie Taggart era.

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