Hokies go with Josh Jackson at QB

Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson wins the 3-way competition at quarterback for Virginia Tech.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente has named redshirt freshman Josh Jackson the starting quarterback for the Hokies' season opener against West Virginia.

Fuente announced the decision Monday.

The coach says he has been pleased with Jackson's consistency, his demeanor, his ability to process information and some of the things the staff gave him to work on through the summer. Fuente added it's time to get the first unit working together.

Jackson beat out junior college transfer AJ Bush and freshman Hendon Hooker. None of the three has ever taken a snap in an FBS-level game. He says the timing is good because "we'll be able to focus in on getting better and not really worrying about who's going to be in or anything like that."

The Hokies and Mountaineers open the season on Sept. 3 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

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