Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson, who suffered a season-ending leg injury in the team’s loss to Old Dominion this past year, has applied to have his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal, multiple sources at the school confirmed Wednesday.
Athletes in the transfer portal do not have to transfer. Their names are just viewable to other college coaches across the nation, who are permitted to contact them.
Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 215 pound Ann Arbor, Michigan native, became the starting quarterback before the 2017 season, leading the Hokies to a 9-4 record. He started the first three games of this past year before fracturing his left fibula in the team’s 49-35 upset loss at ODU on Sept. 22.
"As head coach I certainly understand when young men desire to explore their options by entering themselves in the NCAA’s transfer portal," Tech coach Justin Fuente said Wednesday in a statement. "I respect the fact that each individual’s circumstances and situation are different. We will continue to support all our student-athletes and wish them best whether their future is at Virginia Tech or another institution."
Kansas transfer Ryan Willis started the remaining 10 games, leading Tech to a 4-6 record in the regular season, and beating rival Virginia and Marshall at the end of the year to get the Hokies to a 25th straight bowl game.