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The QB Race Has a New Runner

Two's company, three's a crowd.

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In his Tuesday afternoon press conference, head coach Justin Fuente had some news that many did not expect to hear. True Freshman QB Josh Jackson is now in the mix to start September 3rd against Liberty, which gives the new head coach three options at quarterback.

At ACC Media Day, Fuente originally said the competition was down to his two older quarterbacks Brenden Motley and Jerod Evans. For what it's worth, Jackson has had a very strong camp, which is no doubt impressive given the fact that he is a true freshman playing at the most difficult position without some experience with the live bullets flying.

Another possible reason Fuente decided to put a third horse in the race is beacuse he simply has not seen enough good from either Motley or Evans. Both QBs have their shortcomings - Motley has dealt with inaccuracy and inconsistency and Evans does not have the benefit of ACC/DI experience. Concerning is an understatement if the elder statesmen cannot beat out the freshman, although he is very talented.

However, it certainly would not be all bad if Jackson indeed wins the starting gig. Fuente needs to have more than this year in mind when building this program back up, and having a young quarterback that can play will help stabilize that position for the next few years. It probably will still end up being Motley or Evans. Maybe this is the extra push they need to take their game(s) to a higher level.