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With 21 days left until the Virginia Tech Hokies face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to one of our newest incoming freshmen Mr. Brenden Motley. The Christiansburg star will begin his career as a quarterback and with our depth chart at the position, he’ll likely have to stay there for the duration of his career. Motley boasts a strong arm but his inexperience in a detailed passing system will hinder his development. Motley ran an old-school wing-T offense in high school so he’ll need to adjust to the passing game at the college level.
Weight: 207 lbs
High School: Christiansburg High School
How Did He Get Here?
Motley wasn’t highly recruited but he did hold offers from Georgia Tech and UVA along with the schollie from Virginia Tech. The Hokies, though, were too tough to beat here since his family lives in the New River Valley. Tech won this recruiting battle, landing a verbal pledge from Motley on June 22nd 2011.
2011 Season Rewind
Despite running an option offense, Motley still threw for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He added 646 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the ground en route to becoming a 1st team selection on the All-State team by Virginia Preps.
Obviously, the Hokies are going to redshirt Motley this season barring an emergency situation at quarterback. The good news is he’ll have time this season to get some work in on the scout team, adjust to college life, and work on his mechanics before entering next spring as the potential backup at quarterback if Logan Thomas goes pro.
When you watch his film, Motley flashes some ability to be a very good division one passer. He’s not going to be Logan Thomas or Tyrod Taylor by any stretch, at least not immediately. But he has poise and the ability to shuffle his feet, scramble, and make people miss. He also shows good touch on a few of his passes, which is a little surprising for a quarterback in that offense. Hopefully, Motley can develop quickly so I don’t have to sweat an injury to Mark Leal next year.
Completely Made Up Fact
Since graduation in June, Motley has spent the rest of the summer crashing weddings with fellow freshman JC Coleman. Unlike the actual movie, they realized most girls at weddings aren’t as attractive. So, they decided to start crashing funerals instead.
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