When he takes the field Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Josh Jackson will become the first freshman to start at quarterback for Virginia Tech since Tyrod Taylor in 2007, and the first to start a season opener since Michael Vick in 1999, the Roanoke Times notes.
8 - Although Virginia Tech is very familiar with WVU, that's not the case with the Big 12 Conference in general. And he's likely the player who will have the most impact on whether Justin Fuente's second season as coach will go as well as the first. The long wait is nearly over for Grier and both West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital have said that Grier is ready to go and that they are both excited to turn him loose and see what he can do in a live setting.
Cam Phillips, the Hokies top returning receiver, has liked what he's seen from Jackson, on and off the field. "I've always been an avid West Virginia fan, die hard", Gilbert said. "And some of the things that we gave him to work on over the summer, I think he made improvements on". I'm sitting up here in Maryland right now, I bought my tickets in March. "I think the game is so even that I think whoever makes the least mistakes wins the game". I expect that he will.
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Jolie added another item she wants to work on is rediscovering her past self, who she had put on hold for the last several years. The pair was seen close to each other for the first time in 10 months, since their divorce proceedings.
The Mountaineers, meanwhile, are taking a wait-and-see approach because they've never seen Jackson play.
Virginia Tech has claimed seven of the last 10 meetings including blowout triumphs in 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1996. "The 6'1" and 215 pound signal caller was ranked as the 23rd dual-threat quarterback. "I know they've been rumored that this may be his best unit from what I understand, but when you watch them they've got all their guys coming back and they were incredibly good defense past year." says West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen. For defensive coordinator Bud Foster, this isn't the first go-round with the Mountaineers. Expect a sluggish start from each team on both sides of ball to start off due to the fact that it's the first game of the year and because it's nationally televised. "Making sure we don't turn the ball over a ton and just staying away from dumb penalties on offense and defense".
Spoken just like a coach's son.