Given the inexperience of the Virginia Tech quarterbacks who will return in 2014, I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that Tech could start a true freshman quarterback.
Have you checked out Andrew Ford’s numbers?
Ford, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound left-hander from Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, Pa., completed 22 of 29 passes for 409 yards last week in a 49-41 victory over McDonough, previously the No. 1-ranked AAA team in Pennsylvania.
“He knows the game like a coach,” veteran Camp Hill coach Jim Cantafio told reporter Christopher Hopkins. “I tell people all the time that he’s my Tom Brady.
“Everyone knows that as long as Tom Brady is healthy, they’ve [the Patriots] got a shot to win every football game. He’s just like him. He’s not the flashiest athlete, but he’s super intelligent, has great accuracy and he knows the game.”
It’s funny that Cantafio (still checking on a connection with former VMI basketball coach Joe Cantafio) would mention Brady because Brady went to Michigan and there are other Michigan ties to the story.
At a previous stop, Cantafio coached Chad Henne, who played quarterback at Michigan, where current Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler was once an assistant. Cantafio put Ford in touch with Henne, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ford passed for 2,957 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior at Cedar Cliff and his big game last week gave him 5,339 yards and 60 touchdowns for his career. He also has a 67-percent completion percentage.
UVa also was involved for a time with Ford, who comes from the same high school as two of the Cavaliers’ most prominent walk-ons in wide receivers Tim Finkelston (1980s) and Bryan Owen (’90s).
There are differing versions of whether Virginia offered or not. Given that 2013 signee Corwin Cutler was headed to Fork Union, the Cavaliers may have been reluctant to add yet another UVa quarterback to a glutted quarterback pool.
If nobody leaves, Virginia would have five scholarship quarterbacks on its 2014 roster, none of them seniors. They would include David Watford, Greyson Lambert, Matt Johns, Brendan Marshall and Cutler.
Senior Logan Thomas has accounted for 259 of 263 pass attempts for the Hokies this season, with Mark Leal getting the other four. And, Leal will be a fifth-year senior. The only other scholarship player on Tech’s roster who is listed as a quarterback is Brenden Motley from Christiansburg..
Ford is the only one of Tech’s 22 committed players who is listed as a quarterback, but Travon McMillian and Greg Stroman play quarterback for their high school teams. McMillian is classified as an “athlete” by rivals.com and Stroman is listed as a wide receiver.
Here’s a link to a good on-line story on Ford: http://cumberlink.com/sports/high-school/football/football-cedar-cliff-qb-andrew-ford-cut-above-the-rest/article_9ef6434c-2ca1-11e3-bac9-0019bb2963f4.html