Just like he did last season, Virginia Tech head football coach Justin Fuente announced the team's starting quarterback roughly halfway through fall practices. Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson is getting the nod over true freshman Hendon Hooker and transfer A.J. Bush.
There's been moments of hype when it comes to Jackson, particularly during last year's QB competition that eventually was won by Jerod Evans.
Still though, Jackson feels like a bit of a mystery.
Here's everything we know about the new Hokies' starting quarterback:
Highly touted high school prospect
Jackson was a solid high school prospect coming out of the state of Michigan as the No. 9 dual-threat QB of the 2016 class according to ESPN. He was also deemed the No. 4 overall player coming out of Michigan. During his eye-catching senior season, Jackson threw for 1,780 yards with 20 touchdowns. He showed off that mobility too, gaining 470 more yards and 8 touchdowns as a runner.
A football pedigree
Jackson's father, Fred, has been a football coach for more than 40 years including a long stint at Michigan where he coached the running backs.
Calm, collected and poised
On the surface, we don't know a ton about Jackson as a football player. Yes, he lit it up in high school and has flashed during practices at Virginia Tech — but we won't really get a great feel of how he handles game situations until they happen.
His confidence is obvious. He felt like he could be the starter last season and has entered this year believing it was his job to lose. Clearly he didn't let that happen. In my few dealings with Jackson, he's been quiet and respectful.
While I don't know this for sure, Jackson feels like a player who will look to pass first — and only use his legs when absolutely necessary. Hooker and even Evans last season are a bit different in that regard as they are constantly tucking the football and running. Jackson looks a lot more like a traditional quarterback with the ability to run.
I like his deep ball, though his mechanics look a little sloppy in some of the highlight reels I've seen. Take a look at the last pass in the highlight video at the top of the page from the spring game. Jackson sets his feet and hits Caleb Farley on a decent ball (maybe a bit under thrown but still good). I think the high school highlights can give us a good glimpse into his skill set — but we all know Fuente has likely cleaned several things up.
Jackson will have a ton on his plate and far less weapons than Evans had at his disposal. He seems like the type of kid who can handle adversity though — and doesn't get rattled by much.
We shall see.