- 2017 Josh Jackson: 2,991 passing yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs, 59.6% completion rate, 7.6 yds per completion, 135.2 passer rating
- 2018 Ryan Willis: 2,716 passing yards, 24 TDs, 9 INTs, 58.5% completion rate, 7.5 yards per completion, 138.0 passer rating
“He won the job as a [redshirt] freshman, he won the job as a sophomore, he breaks his leg and now has to do it all over again?” the source said, of Jackson’s thinking. “He gave them three years.”So if Fuente was 100% set on a wide open competition, with Ryan Willis as the likely frontrunner even if it's as a slight one, and Jackson wanted assurances that he would be guaranteed to have the job, then does that sound like a coach and QB that are on the same page? Additionally, Josh Jackson was one of two returning captains from last year's team. Think about having a team-elected captain not on the same page with the head coach as the most important position on a football team? Even for a guy like Jackson, who is a high-quality young man, how does not create a locker room that could also be a little off with your head coach and the one QB that was also a captain last season on different pages. Given the importance of this offseason, Virginia Tech can't afford to have that while Josh Jackson may not be as productive in an environment where he's not 100% on the same page as his head coach. Look at the Green Bay Packers, they had one of the league's most talented QBs in Aaron Rodgers yet finished with a losing record. One possible reason for this, the relationship between Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy wasn't right and it sank them. Josh Jackson is a talented young man while Virginia Tech seemed to be trending towards Ryan Willis as the slight frontrunner for the 2019 job. A transfer already seemed possibly in a spring where Jackson's time as a starting QB seemed to be in danger with Willis' rise and Quincy Patterson being seen as the future, it started to make sense for a potential parting. Given the fact that Jackson and Justin Fuente aren't on the same page philosophically, it makes it clear that now is the time for Josh Jackson to make his decision to be a grad transfer and leave Virginia Tech. For both sides, this is the best move giving Virginia Tech a more focused locker room and allowing Jackson to find a program where he is on the same page with the head coach. Jackson leaving early didn't make sense when the news broke, but it's becoming clear that this is the best move for Virginia Tech and Jackson.