Looking to revamp his quarterback room, new Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry brought in a pair of veteran transfers this offseason in Grant Wells spirit Jason Brown out of Marshall and South Carolina respectively — Brown additionally spent time at FCS program St. Francis (Pa.). With fall camp getting started in Blacksburg, Pry joined the Gramlich and MacLain podcast and discussed whether he wants to rotate quarterbacks.
“No, I want to see one guy separately and be the guy,” Pry said. “I think that’s important for our football team. That’s just, for me, as a defensive play-caller for a bunch of years, I just think — I see the value in that leadership and I think we’ll have (one). Jason and Grant are both very capable. They’ve got interesting backdrop to the success they’ve had to this point. Each of ’em, it’s a different path and there’s been different experiences. But to me, both of them bring a pretty good catalog of things they’ve accomplished in their career. And I think when you think about the quarterback position, you have to think about the backup as well because it’s one play away from, ‘That guy’s your guy.’ And so, I feel very fortunate right now. Whoever’s one, we’ve got a pretty good No. 2 as well. And I think, over the course of a season, that can be very instrumental.”
“Offensively, obviously, what happens at quarterback — whether it’s Grant, whether it’s Jason — both those guys have been outstanding, as far as leadership and doing the extra and getting guys together,” Pry added.
Wells served as Marshall’s starter for the past two seasons; he completed 66.4% of his passes last year for 3,535 yards and 16 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. Brown was an FCS All-American at St. Francis and then transferred to South Carolina, where he ended up as a reserve quarterback in 2021 — he completed 55.6% of his attempts for 721 yards and eight touchdowns with six picks in seven appearances.
Whoever starts at quarterback for the Hokies will have to debut in a hostile environment on Sept. 2 at Old Dominion, although both players are veterans who have played plenty of road games before. Boston College comes to town in Week 2 for the ACC opener.
Pry said the Virginia Tech already has its new schemes installed, so the Hokies will be able to go full speed ahead this month leading up to gameday against ODU.
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“It was great,” Pry said. “We actually installed our entire offense and defense again in June. They got a big piece of it in the winter, they obviously got most of it in the spring, and then we followed up and were able to maximize the time allotted each week and get our schemes in again in June.”