Conflicting Reports Surround Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson's Suspension

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson (17) scrambles against Oklahoma State during the second half of the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State won 30-21.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Conflicting reports have emerged regarding Virginia Tech starting quarterback Josh Jackson.

 of ESPN Blacksburg reported Thursday that Jackson was suspended indefinitely amid an investigation into an academic issue. However, on Friday Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported there is "no truth" to the report. 

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

Jackson threw for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns against nine interceptions in 2017. He added 324 yards on the ground and was a major part of Virginia Tech's plans going into next season. His ascent as a freshman seemingly stabilized the Hokies' quarterback position for at least the next two years.

"Josh has more than proved his ability to handle the toughness it takes and all that sort of stuff it takes running the ball and all that kind of good stuff. … I make no bones about it: I like Josh's competitiveness and look forward to getting them out there and going and getting after it," coach Justin Fuente said, per Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times.

Hendon Hooker and Ryan Willis would compete for the starting job if Jackson is indeed suspended. 

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