Virginia Tech Hokies’ Quarterback Battle Will Take Center Stage in the Spring Game


Sep 7, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Mark Leal (6) rolls out of the pocket during the fourth quarter against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech defeated Western Carolina 45-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies’ Spring Game is coming up this afternoon and there are many intersting battles going on but the starting quarterback position battle is the one that the 30,000 to 40,000 fans will be watching. The battle between Brenden Motley and Mark Leal this spring has been intense and it will change even more once Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer arrives. Brenden Motley seemed like he might just enter the summer as the frontrunner a couple of weeks but Motley will have to play well to be the favorite for the job instead of Brewer at the start of spring. Mark Leal is looking to salvage his spring in this game and could lose almost all of his chances at winning the starting quarterback job.

Brenden Motley has had a good overall spring so far and is looking like a guy that can make a serious run at the starting quarterback job this summer. Brenden Motley had one rough moment in the third scrimmage but when Mark Leal missed the second scrimmage with an injury, Motley stepped up and looked like a quarterback that could really do well for the Hokies. Brenden Motley has jumped Mark Leal on the depth chart this spring but the main competition still hasn’t arrived as Michael Brewer will not come till the summer as he finishes up at Texas Tech. Brenden Motley has a chance to put himself in the lead for the starting quaterback with a strong Spring Game.

Mark Leal entered the spring as the frontrunner of the quarterbacks that were already on campus to win the Hokies’ starting quarterback battle but that has not been the case. Mark Leal has had a nightmare of a spring that has made Hokies’ fans think that Leal’s Sun Bowl performance was not a fluke and a sign that Leal is not the answer at quarterback. Leal is a very talented athlete that Scot Loeffler will most likely try to utilize in some role next season but if Leal doesn’t play well in the Spring Game, Leal’s hopes of that role being as a starting quarterback might be almost done.

Michael Brewer might not arrive at Virginia Tech till the summer but Brewer will likely end up being the frontrunner to be the Hokies’ starting quarterback in the fall. Michael Brewer will probably find a way to watch the Spring Game on ESPN3 to see how the level of competition will be while also trying to gain a better understanding of the Virginia Tech offense to ease his transition. Michael Brewer has the talent to win the Hokies’ starting quarterback job and might just end up being the starter this fall for the Hokies.

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