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Virginia Tech football: Hendon Hooker is officially the starting quarterback

Virginia Tech’s offense should be even better with Hooker back.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at North Carolina
Virginia Tech QB Hendon Hooker
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Former Oregon transfer Braxton Burmeister started the first three games at quarterback for Virginia Tech in 2020. For the most part, Burmeister had the offense rolling with big performances in wins on N.C. State and Duke.

However, in the game at North Carolina last week, Burmeister struggled a bit in the first half of Tech’s 56-45 loss to the Tar Heels and head coach Justin Fuente inserted Hendon Hooker back into the lineup.

On Monday, Fuente spoke with the media and left no doubts that Hooker will be under center this weekend in Blacksburg when the Hokies host 3-1 Boston College.

Hooker, who missed the first two games due to COVID-19 and an unspecified illness, was considered a full-go last week. For whatever reason, Fuente chose to ride with Burmeister but still planned to play the junior from Greensboro.

Once Hooker entered the game in the second half, the offense took off. Hooker brought a different energy to the team. The passing game was revitalized and the running game remained strong.

Now, Burmeister may see action in the coming weeks, but this is Hooker’s team. We knew the coaching staff really liked Burmeister and believed he could run the offense with precision — which he proved he could do. However, a healthy Hooker is one of the better quarterbacks in a rejuvenated ACC.

Virginia Tech has one of the best offensive units in the nation. A running game that is clicking on all cylinders thanks to Khalil Herbert, Raheem Blackshear, Burmeister, Hooker and one of the best offensive lines in the country.

With Hooker back under center, the offense will continue to improve.

The Boston College team that is coming to Blacksburg this weekend is not your typical BC. New coach Jeff Hafley has his team at 3-1 thanks to a strong passing game. Virginia Tech’s defense will have its hands full in this one.

Fortunately for the Hokies, Hendon Hooker is back.