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Virginia Tech football: Fuente says Hendon Hooker is “full-go” for UNC

This could be a big boost for Tech’s offense.

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The Virginia Tech Hokies could get some good news on the injury front for this weekend’s big game at North Carolina.

Coach Justin Fuente spoke on Monday and covered a number of topics. One of those topics was presumed starting quarterback Hendon Hooker.

“I think he’s full-go right now,” Fuente said of Hooker.

This is good news for the Hokies. Oregon transfer Braxton Burmeister has started the first two games and done quite well in leading the Hokies to a 2-0 start. He wasn’t the most accurate in the win over Duke, however.

Hooker could give Virginia Tech’s passing game a major boost against a really talented North Carolina team.

Fuente would not name a starter — and he is correct for not doing so. What purpose would that serve?

Hooker missed the opener due to COVID-19 and being in quarantine. While he was out of quarantine last week, Fuente went with Burmeister because he had more practice time.

That could change this week.

Fuente discussed the quarterback position in-depth.

We’ll continue to evaluate it. I’ll tell you all this: things have changed so much and so quickly over the past four weeks. Two weeks before the Virginia game, we felt like it was Hendon that gave us the best chance to win. Hendon has missed time, the game was postponed – all those things you guys already know. Heading into this last week, we felt like it was Braxton. I’ll tell you this: we’ll go out this week and practice, and like we do at every single position, we’ll evaluate it and try to make the best decision we can for the football team.

The Hokies need Hooker back. Fortunately, this team has one of the deepest and experienced quarterback rooms in all of college football with Hooker, Burmeister and Quincy Patterson.

Hopefully, the Hokies can field a nearly full roster this weekend for the first time in 2020.