The quarterback battle for Virginia Tech is still technically ongoing. And as far as coach Justin Fuente is concerned, it might continue for the foreseeable future.
Senior quarterback Brenden Motley and junior college transfer Jérod Evans will battle for the starting job when fall camp kicks off tomorrow. And while that will be the starting position that draws the most attention in fall camp, it's far from the only battle.
Fuente, though, isn't concerned about the timing of any of the Hokies' position battles, including quarterback. He's adamant that each will sort itself out in due time.
"I see it as two kids out there competing for the job and when we have one we will act on it," Fuente said of his quarterbacks. "Every year is different. Some years you have your established starter and you roll out there worrying what happens if he goes down. This year, we have two guys that have at least some collegiate playing experience that are competing for the job. I am looking forward to seeing how it plays out but I do not feel an imminent rush to judgment."
At wide receiver, Isaiah Ford has the top spot locked down, as does junior Cam Phillips as the No. 2 receiver. And regardless of the quarterback, both receivers are ready for what has the makings of a dynamic spread offense.
"When you're trying to build chemistry and great chemistry at that, so everything flows smoothly, I believe that you are gonna need some extra reps, so everything runs smoother, more efficiently," Phillips said. "That is something that I think we're gonna need."
It will help the Hokies that one player they thought they would be without, will now be able to play this fall. Junior college transfer Henri Murphy will be eligible to play this season at wide receiver, adding to some much-needed depth. And Deon Newsome will partly as a result, move to safety.
Check out the full press conference for Fuente, defensive coordinator Bud Foster, offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen and selected players below. And check out the above video for more from wide receiver Cam Phillips and offensive lineman Augie Conte on the offense.