On Monday evening, Virginia Tech Hokies Head Coach Justin Fuente spoke on this week’s edition of Tech Talk Live, discussing the most pertinent topics related to the football program. Over the course of an hour, Coach Fuente discussed a multitude of topics, including the status of listed No. 1 quarterback Hendon Hooker.
As a redshirt sophomore, Hooker took over the starting quarterback role against Miami in 2019. He would go on to throw for 1,555 yards with 13 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions. He completed 61.1% of his passes. As an added running threat, Hooker rushed 123 times for 356 yards and 5 touchdowns, bringing his total touchdowns to 18 in 8 starts last season.
Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Hooker was labeled as the starter. Despite the designation, Hooker has yet to play a single snap this season
Virginia Tech starting quarterback Hendon Hooker was one of 23 players who will not play tonight versus N.C. State.
Just before kickoff, it was announced in the pressbox that the players, as well as two assistant coaches, would not be available for their opener against the Wolfpack.
Virginia Tech has had two games postponed because of COVID-19 outbreaks within its football program. Earlier this week, head coach Justin Fuente told the press he didn’t know if he would have an entire roster against N.C. State.
Hooker, a Greensboro native, is a big loss for the offense. The redshirt junior led the team in total offense (1,911 yards) and had 18 touchdowns a year ago.
Other players missing from the offense will be Darryle Simmons, Peyton Kemmerlin, Terius Wheatley, Keshawn King, Jalen Hampton, Nikia Peerman, Silas Dzansi, T.J. Jackson, Dallan Wright, Jaden Payoute, Elijah Bowick and Conner Dusenbury.