Following a disappointing 3-8 first season as head coach at Virginia Tech, Brent Pry did what a lot of coaches have to do now, he hit the transfer portal. The former Penn State defensive coordinator hit it big on both sides of the ball, but one area that was needed was at wide receiver. One of the wide receivers he brought in was Ali Jennings from Old Dominion.
In the Hokies season opener, against his former team no less, Jennings should flashes of what could be this season as he caught five passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-17 win over the Monarchs. It was a promising start and gave quarterback Grant Wells a threat on the outside. Unfortunately, it was only one game.
One week later against Purdue at Lane Stadium, Jennings suffered an ankle injury on the Hokies’ opening drive and hasn’t played since. A couple of weeks ago, Pry gave a positive update on his receiver, but he recently didn’t sound as optimistic.
Brent Pry said, Ali Jennings likely won’t be back on the field in 2023
Pry said this week that it doesn’t look like Jennings will be back on the field in the regular season.
Now, if Virginia Tech wins two of their final three games to become bowl-eligible, it certainly sounded like it might be possible that he could play in a bowl game, but he may not. That is way down the line and first things first, the Hokies need to get two against either Boston College, North Carolina State, or Virginia.
If he doesn’t return, then a medical redshirt is an option that could be on the table, and think about him next season in Blacksburg with Kyron Drones as his possible quarterback. That’s way down the road, but certainly a promising thought.