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Virginia Tech has a history of having a very talented and very athletic quarterback behind center. If things stay status quo, the Hokies will head into the 2013 season with as many question marks as there were entering the 2006 season. Mark Leal has stayed loyal to the Hokies even though I’m sure transferring to school closer to Florida for additional playing time has crossed his mind a time or two. Now, he will head into the spring as the incumbent starter atop the depth chart.
While I think Leal has what it takes to be a good quarterback at this level, he’s not Tyrod Taylor nor is he Bryan Randall. He’s not quick enough to be considered a dual-threat guy. He doesn’t have a strong enough arm to be considered a pocket passer. He’s a bit of an enigma. He’s a gunslinger. Not sure most many Hokie fans would have bet their lunch money on a site like FootballBettingCenter.com that Leal would even make it to the top of the depth chart during his career.
It’s clear that Scot Loeffler is a little concerned about what he’ll have to work with this spring. Reports of Virginia Tech examining transfers and JUCO quarterbacks have made their way through social media and message boards over the past month. In fact, the Hokies will host a rising junior QB this weekend as Loeffler looks to find some competition for his 5th year senior.
Michael Brewer, a quarterback currently at Texas Tech, is looking to transfer after he lost his starting job due to a back injury this past season. He is on pace to graduate in 3 years, receiving his diploma this May. Once he walks across that stage he will be free to transfer wherever he wants in the eyes of the NCAA without suffering a 1 year penalty (actually he can’t transfer to a school in the Big XII but other than that he’s free to go wherever).
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Brewer probably isn’t Loeffler’s top choice for who he would like to replace Logan Thomas with. However, he’s a pretty good option based on who’s available on that transfer market this season. Right now, the Hokies may be in the drivers seat for the Texas Tech signal caller as Virginia Tech will receive a visit from him this weekend.
If Brewer selects Virginia Tech, we’ll go into further detail about his strengths and weaknesses. Officially, the Hokies are just one of several teams in the mix.
It’s clear that Loeffler is looking for someone who can come in this summer, learn the playbook, and challenge Leal in the fall. Whoever we bring in may not win the battle but it will create more competition and that’s always a good thing. Plus, I’m sure Loeffler knows exactly what he has in Leal and the fact that he’s trying to bring in any quarterback he can get isn’t reassuring.
Nevertheless, Leal is going to be the starter unless someone else knocks him off.
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