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Greensboro's Hendon Hooker to start at quarterback for Virginia Tech against Boston College

Greensboro's Hendon Hooker to start at quarterback for Virginia Tech against Boston College

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Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker, a Greensboro native and former star at Dudley High School, will start for the Hokies Saturday night against Boston College. The start will be Hooker’s first since the team’s 37-30 loss to Kentucky in last year’s Belk Bowl.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech football fans won’t have to wait until Saturday to see who gets the starting nod at quarterback.

Coach Justin Fuente announced that Hendon Hooker, who starred at Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., would start Saturday night against Boston College. The start will be Hooker’s first start since the team’s 37-30 loss to Kentucky in last year’s Belk Bowl.

"I would say we are always evaluating it,” Fuente said, during a virtual press conference on Monday. “Hendon will start this week unless things change, I reserve the right in 2020 to adapt if we need to. That's the plan for now."

Hooker had success in the second half against North Carolina — he was 7 of 13 for 136 yards with three total touchdowns (two passing) — and helped the offense put up 31 points with 305 total yards (8.0 yards per play). The Hokies scored on six of their seven second-half possessions.

Fuente said Hooker “operated really efficiently” and his demeanor was a calming influence on the offense just as it was last year when Virginia Tech went 6-2 with him as starter.

“I was really pleased with how he played,” Fuente said.

Fuente had to throw out his initial plan for the quarterbacks — Hooker starting with Braxton Burmeister coming off the bench — when Hooker had a medical situation that sidelined him for much of September.

Coming out of halftime on Saturday, Hooker helped Virginia Tech stretch the field with three completions of 25 yards or more in the second half alone (the Hokies had four total coming into the game).

"First practice I came back, I felt great, I was just happy to be playing football," Hooker said. "It's just something I've been doing my whole life. It's something I prepared for. If I'm out for a period of time, I work on my mechanics so much, it's just like riding a bike."

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