Fighting Gobbler Poll of the Week: Who Will Be The Hokies’ Starting Quarterback?


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

After a week off last week, the Fighting Gobbler Poll of the Week returns as we look back at our poll from two weeks ago and ask for your opinion on the biggest storyline for the Hokies right now.

Two weeks ago, we asked you who you thought the best defensive player for the Hokies was and Brandon Facyson along with the “someone else” option both only received one vote. Kyshoen Jarrett came in third unsurprisingly with 8 votes.

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 real interest was around who would claim the top spot and it wouldn’t end up being too close. Luther Maddy came in second on our list with 18 votes while Kendall Fuller came in first at 27 votes. Both of these players have potential for huge season that can earn them All-American honors and both of them will hope to lead the Hokies back to the ACC Championship.

With fall practice started, we ask you who you think will win the Hokies’ starting quarterback job?

The quarterback battle for the Hokies might technically involve five quarterbacks but freshman QBs Andrew Ford and Chris Durkin are longshots. This quarterback battle is really down to three players: Michael Brewer, Mark Leal, and Brenden Motley.

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

Michael Brewer is the frontrunner despite the fact that he is transitioning from a shotgun, spread offense to a more traditional offense. Brewer has the potential to be a good starting quarterback in Blacksburg but that depends on how well he adapts to the playbook which has been good so far from all indications.

Brenden Motley is the second choice as he ended the spring at the top of the depth chart and was co-starter with Mark Leal on the first depth chart this fall. Motley has a lot of potential and one ACC media member even thinks he will be the ACC Player of the Year and not just win the starting job.

Mark Leal is the system veteran and had a lot of struggles in the Sun Bowl and this past spring. Despite that, Leal is still in the hunt and could claim the starting job with a strong fall practice. The question is, who will be the starting quarterback for the Hokies against William & Mary? Will it Brewer, Motley, or Leal? Vote in our poll and tell us your opinion below.