Josh Jackson has won the Maryland Terrapins’ starting quarterback job as expected.
Maryland announced on Monday that Jackson, a redshirt junior, will be the team’s starting quarterback in the first game of the season. Jackson is a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech and came over to the Terrapins’ program in May.
Jackson passed for 20 touchdowns and rushed for six more during his freshman season in 2017. He passed for 575 yards and five touchdowns in three games last season for the Hokies. Jackson missed most of the season after suffering a broken leg in September.
Jackson and Tyrrell Pigrome were competing for the starting job.
“We are excited about the talent in the quarterback room and strongly feel that we can win with both guys. We’ll find ways to utilize each of their talents, but are confident with Josh leading the team,” first-year head coach Mike Locksley said regarding the decision.
The Terps open the season on Saturday at home against Howard.
Former Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Josh Jackson has announced his transfer destination.
Jackson said on Twitter Monday that he has committed to Maryland.
Jackson spent the past three years at Virginia Tech and enjoyed a strong redshirt freshman season in 2017. Then he suffered a fractured fibula in September, which ended his redshirt sophomore season early. A January article in the Roanoke Times suggested Jackson was offended that he would have to compete for his starting job in the spring. That and the multiple transfers from the program contributed to his decision to leave.
Jackson passed for 3,566 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions at Virginia Tech. He will be a graduate transfer eligible to play in the fall and have two years of eligibility left. This is a huge pickup for first-year head coach Mike Locksley.
Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson suffered a severe injury in Saturday’s upset loss to Old Dominion.
Hokies coach Justin Fuente announced Monday that Jackson fractured his left fibula on a running play in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game, and will require surgery. No timetable was announced for his return, but it’s quite clear that Jackson will face an extended absence.
Jackson’s injury, originally thought to be to his ankle, was and still is a major blow to Virginia Tech. He threw for 20 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards as a freshman last season, and looked to be poised for a successful sophomore campaign. Now, both he and Virginia Tech look like they are in for tough seasons.
Virginia Tech added injury to the insult of a close game with Old Dominion on Saturday.
Hokies quarterback Josh Jackson injured his ankle on a rushing play early in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 28. The sophomore had rushed for a first down and nearly 20 yards on the play, but his left ankle got twisted as he was tackled.
Jackson had to be helped off the field and received treatment on the sideline. He later took his shoe off to get his ankle iced and was taken away on a cart to get X-rays.
Junior Ryan Willis entered the game in Jackson’s place. Jackson was 8/16 for 151 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and 58 rushing yards before exiting the game.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.
After a season in which five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, it’s time for a new generation of signal-callers to emerge at the college level. There are a lot of rising stars who deserve attention, as well as some established veterans poised to take their place atop the rankings of collegiate quarterbacks.
Here are the 15 best quarterbacks in college football today.
15) Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech
After a freshman season that saw Jackson throw 20 touchdowns and nearly hit 3,000 yards, it’s fair to say that there’s plenty of room for growth for the sophomore. He’s a dual threat, as evidenced by his six rushing touchdowns, and he’s already been successful at the collegiate level. There’s no reason to think he won’t take another step forward in 2018, which could firmly establish him on the national scene.
Josh Jackson appears to be having some sort of issue with his playing status at Virginia Tech, but he may not be in danger of missing the entire upcoming season as was previously rumored.
According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, any reports that have been swirling this week about an indefinite suspension for Jackson are inaccurate.
Jackson’s father, Fred Jackson, told Mike Barber of The Richmond Times-Dispatch that his son is still a member of the football team at Virginia Tech but more will be known about his status in the coming days. Barber later reported that the Hokies are optimistic Jackson will be able to play this season.
All signs point to Jackson dealing with some sort of academic ineligibility issue that is being reviewed by the NCAA. If he violated team rules in some way, the Hokies probably already would have made an announcement.
Jackson completed over 60 percent of his passes last season and threw for 19 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. He was poised for a breakout year in 2018, but obviously that is now in question. Whatever problems he is having are just the latest in a string of bad luck the Hokies have already had this offseason.