Virginia Tech names Willis as starting QB

Field Level Media

August 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

Virginia Tech senior quarterback Ryan Willis will be the starter when the Hokies open the season at Boston College on Aug. 31.

Coach Justin Fuente announced his decision Thursday and named sophomore Hendon Hooker as the backup.

A transfer from Kansas, Willis took over the starting gig last September after Josh Jackson sustained a broken leg against Old Dominion. Jackson later transferred to Maryland.

Willis went 4-6 as the Hokies’ starter, completing 58.5 percent of his passes for 2,716 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 354 yards and four scores.

Hooker saw action in six games last season, highlighted by a 69-yard touchdown run against William & Mary in the Sept. 8 home opener.