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With 7 days until Virginia Tech faces Alabama in the Georgia Dome, we turn our attention to no. 7 on roster Mr. Bucky Hodges. So far this fall, Hodges has shown flashes of potential but it’s clear that his mechanics need an overhaul before he’ll be an impact player here at Virginia Tech. To me, a redshirt year and then a full spring practice session where he can work with Scot Loeffler on mechanics will be a very good thing for him. At this point, Hodges will need to aim to win the starting job in 2015 after Mark Leal graduates next season. That battle between he, Brenden Motley, and Andrew Ford should be a fun one to watch.
Weight: 235 lbs
High School: Salem High School
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
High School Career
As a senior at Salem High School, Hodges completed 126 of 206 for 2,214 yards, with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Those numbers are impressive seeing that Hodges played in one of the toughest districts in the state. From a recruiting standpoint, the four star prospect was heavily recruited throughout the Mid-Atlantic region but there was little doubt that he would end up a Hokie on Signing Day. Hodges held offers from Virginia Tech, UCONN, ECU, Illinois, JMU, Maryland, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, UVA, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.
Reasons For Excitement
Upside is Redonkulous: With his size, Bucky will be compared to Logan Thomas throughout his career. As of right now, he is already a better runner than Thomas although I would argue that he doesn’t have the same arm strength as our current starter. Still, the comparisons will be made and I think Hodges is talented enough to overcome them. Like most quarterbacks, he will need time to adjust to the game but I’m excited to watch Bucky develop under Coach Loeffler’s tutelage.
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Causes For Concern
Mechanics: Whenever you have to fixed a flawed delivery, the results can be mixed. Hopefully, Hodges can fix his throwing motion over the off-season and can show improved accuracy next spring. Just taking a step forward in those two departments would be enough to appease me after only one semester on campus.
What to Expect in 2013
I fully expect Hodges to redshirt with the amount of depth we have at quarterback. Right now, we have four quarterbacks that could be used if needed. There’s no point in adding another quarterback to the mix if he’s not going to play.
Going forward, next spring is going to be crucial for Hodges if he wants to establish himself on the depth chart. Best case scenario is winning the backup job as a redshirt freshman. That establishes him ahead of incoming freshman Andrew Ford and allows Bucky to overtake Brenden Motley who has improved since Loeffler’s arrival. Worst case scenario is finishing next spring 4th on the depth chart behind both of those other quarterbacks and impending starter Mark Leal.
The Hokies are stocking some talent at quarterback for the future and I’m excited to watch it pan out. While we all may have favorites on who we want to be our starter in 2015, I’m comfortable in knowing that whoever we start is going to be the best we have.
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