Whatever expectations were set for Josh Jackson prior to the 2017 season, the Virginia Tech freshman quarterback has already exceeded them.
Five games into his young college career, the redshirt freshman and former three-star prospect has led the Hokies to a 4-1 record, completing more than 65 percent of his passes for 1,378 yards, 12 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions in the process. He’s also contributed 157 yards and a score on the ground, making him the most productive first-year quarterback in the FBS to this point.
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Arguably his best performance to date was the first of his career when he totaled 336 yards (101 rushing) and 2 touchdowns in an impressive Week 1 victory against West Virginia. And although he experienced his first multi-interception game in the team’s 31-17 loss to No. 2 Clemson last weekend, Jackson was quick to defend his teammates while taking ownership for his mistakes — an attribute not found in a lot of young men his age.
“I thought that [the offensive line] did a good job,” Jackson said about his protection, according to 247Sports. “They maybe sacked me once or twice. Obviously, if you’re up against one of the best defensive lines in the country and you only get sacked twice, that’s a pretty good day. You know they brought pressure and everything like that but I thought our offensive line handled themselves pretty well.
“… I think we were beating ourselves more than anything,” he said. “There were some plays like for example, a play we ran a thousand times, I messed the read up or something like that. Just little things that Clemson had no effect on. It was just us beating ourselves I guess.”
You can just tell he’s got “it.” And that should make Hokie fans very excited about the future — including the remainder of his freshman campaign.
Virginia Tech will look to bounce back in its quest to repeat as ACC Coastal Division champ at Boston College this Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET.