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Virginia Tech football news: Josh Jackson brilliant in opener

Josh Jackson might be something, eh? The Virginia Tech gunslinger had himself a game as the Hokies smacked around the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday evening.

In the most roundabout way as humanly possible, I guess the Virginia Tech fan base should send their collective thanks to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The electric freshman had a few rough spots here and there. No big deal. That’s expected from a brand new starting QB. Jackson still turned in an excellent effort against a West Virginia team that is expected to be more than solid on defense this season.

Josh Jackson passed for 235 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a team-high 101 yards and another score.

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier won’t get as much attention after the game. His outing will likely fall in the shadows of Jackson’s, but he also had a wonderful showing. In his first start since 2015 with the Florida Gators, Grier passed for 371 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.

In a a story written by Matt Gentry for the Roanoke Times, Jackson’s father, Fred, expected his son to play well on Sunday:

“He’ll be a little nervous when you get in the stadium and stuff like that,” Fred said. “But once he starts, I would be shocked if he didn’t play well. Because he’s going to do what the system asks him to do.”

That was apparently not a father being a helicopter dad as much as it was him spitting the truth.

The Hokies would wind up winning the game 31-24.