With Lamar Jackson now gone to the NFL, their will be plenty of competition for the title of top signal-caller in the ACC in 2018.
Athlon Sports believes that the title might just belong to Josh Jackson. The website released its starting quarterback rankings on Tuesday, and they have listed the Virginia Tech sophomore as the 19th-best quarterback in the nation and the top in the ACC. Athlon’s Steven Lassan said this of the up-and-coming Hokies’ sophomore:
“High expectations surround Jackson going into the 2018 season. With Jerod Evans entrenched as the starter in 2016, Jackson took a redshirt year in his first season on campus. Last fall, Jackson emerged as the team’s No. 1 quarterback in offseason practices and guided the Hokies to a 9-4 record. The Michigan native started all 13 games, throwing for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for 324 yards and six scores last fall. With another offseason to work under coach Justin Fuente, look for Jackson to take another step forward in his development and challenge for All-ACC honors.”
Lassan listed Jackson ahead of fellow-ACC quarterbacks such as Clemson’s Kelly Bryant (20th), Syracuse’s Eric Dungey (23rd) and Florida State’s James Blackmon (30th).
The Hokies will have some large shoes to fill around Jackson — WR Cam Phillips and OG Wyatt Teller, both All-ACC First Team selections last season, have both graduated. But Jackson showed plenty of potential last year and displayed just how versatile he is when he threw for 235 yards and ran for 101 more against West Virginia.
In 2018, he could be ready to take the next step and evolve into one of the top players in the conference.