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Andrew Ford has the potential to start right away.
Chris Durkin: 3-star pro-style quarterback; 6’4’, 216 lbs.
Andrew Ford: 3-star pro-style quarterback; 6’3”, 198 lbs.
2013 Stats: 161 of 234, 2,778 yards, 35 TD, 6 INT.
Travon McMillian: 3-star dual threat quarterback; 6’1”, 203 lbs; 40-yard dash time: 4.50.
2013 Stats: 97 of 169, 1,472 passing yards, 14 passing TD, 7 INT, 1,537 rushing yards, 20 rushing TD.
The Hokies desperately needed to restock at the quarterback position, and it seems like they’ve done so.
Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler got his first chance to go out to recruit quarterbacks to fit his system, and he came back with a pair of interesting prospects in Durkin and Ford.
“One of the adjustments we made (this season) was to get our quarterback coach, Scot Loeffler, actively involved in the recruiting of our quarterbacks,” said recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Bryan Stinespring. “He has a tremendous reputation as a coach, teacher and developer of quarterbacks, and it really benefits us.”
Ford has already enrolled at Tech, and he’s really got a chance to make an impact immediately. Redshirt senior Mark Leal may be the presumptive starter heading into spring practice, but Ford could push him right away if he’s able to use his time in Blacksburg effectively.
He’s a pure pocket passer—accurate and poised in a lot of the ways outgoing starter Logan Thomas just wasn’t. Durkin more closely resembles Thomas, in that his size and arm strength jump out on film, but he’s more of an athlete than a quarterback.
In the same vein is the team’s third QB recruit, McMillian. He ran a spread offense in his time at C.D. Hylton High School, and while his running skills are impressive, accuracy was never a strong suit.
But he’s said in the past that he wants a shot at quarterback, and it seems the coaches are inclined to give it to him.
“He’s going to start out at quarterback. And I tell you, he throws the ball well, and I think he’s got a shot at quarterback,” Beamer said. “But he’s athletic enough. This is a great kid, great leader on his football team, but if it’s not quarterback, he’s athletic enough to play somewhere else. Where that is, we’ll determine later, but first thing’s going to be to try him at quarterback.”
McMillian doesn’t seem to have a realistic shot at actually sticking at quarterback, especially given the depth of the position, but his athleticism should guarantee he finds a spot on the field to help the Hokies somewhere.
Overall, this part of the class was excellent. Loeffler’s got options to work with, helping to fill the biggest need on the team headed into 2014.