Aug 20, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Brenden Motley (9) drops back during practice at the Steve Johnson Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech quarterback mess is starting to sort itself out as Chris Durkin seems almost certain to be redshirted while Andrew Ford also seems headed for a potential redshirt. The Hokies have now finished two scrimmages and Mark Leal is not in as good of shape to get the starting QB job as he was at the start of Spring Football while Brenden Motley is rising quite quickly. Michael Brewer will not arrive till summer but unless Motley goes insane at next Saturday’s scrimmage and in the Spring Game in two weeks, Brewer will have a chance to get the starting job. Now, here is our odds for the three quarterbacks that have a realistic shot at the starting quarterback job.
1. Brenden Motley: Odds 8-1
Brenden Motley got a lot of playing time in the second scrimmage due to Mark Leal sitting out with a minor injury and Motley played well. Motley was 12-of-20 with a touchdown and 163 passing yards and those are the type of numbers that will definitely please many Virginia Tech fans. Motley also has some mobility and is the type of quarterback that seems to be able to make plays all over the field. Motley has shown a lot of promise during Spring Football and now is the frontrunner to be the starting quarterback this fall.
Nov 10, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarter back Michael Brewer (16) rushes against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
2. Michael Brewer: Odds 10-1
Michael Brewer might not technically be the frontrunner but he isn’t in much of a hole either and will likely have a very good chance this summer to take the job. Brewer has showed a lot of potential in the past at Texas Tech and is a guy that probably isn’t afraid to take some chances in the passing game. Brewer is still an unknown due largely to the obvious fact that he will not arrive in Blacksburg until the summer when he will have to learn a new playbook and try to win a starting job. However, Brewer definitely has a very good shot of pulling that off.
3. Mark Leal: Odds 15-1
Mark Leal entered Spring Football as the favorite but now is in the role of chaser as Leal will have to pick it up over the next two weeks and then in the summer to take the starting job. Leal is a very mobile quarterback that can definitely make some plays with his legs but Leal has struggled in Spring Football and has a hole to get out of if he is going to win the starting job. Leal still has plenty of time to make a comeback but if he can’t get it going soon, Leal could end up in a role at wide receiver and possibly as a wildcat quarterback if the Hokies choose to use the wildcat formation.
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