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Virginia Tech QB Hendon Hooker could return to lineup against Duke after ‘little scare’

Virginia Tech QB Hendon Hooker could return to lineup against Duke after ‘little scare’

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Greensboro native Hendon Hooker is coming off a breakout year las season for Virginia Tech that saw him go 6-2 as a starter. He threw for 1,555 yards (61%) with 13 touchdowns and turned the ball over only twice.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker could return to the lineup this week.

Hooker, from Greensboro, N.C., missed the season opener after what coach Justin Fuente described as a “little scare” in relation to medical testing performed in recent weeks. Hooker was one of the 23 players who were unavailable to play in the opener against N.C. State on Saturday night.

“There was a little bit of cause for alarm for further testing,” Fuente said. “He hasn't practiced in a little while, but all that came back really well.”

Fuente didn’t offer any new details Monday about what kept Hooker, a former Dudley High School star, sidelined and wouldn’t say how many weeks of practice Hooker missed. The quarterback did speak to journalists Sept. 9.

According to the ACC Network sideline reporter Katie George, Hooker was in quarantine until Friday, but it wasn’t clear whether he had tested positive for COVID-19. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus are required to undergo EKG and other tests to assess symptoms of myocarditis and must receive cardiac clearance from Tech chief medical officer Dr. Mark Rogers.

“We haven’t had him for a while, so he’s had a really good fall camp I’ve been really pleased with,” Fuente said Monday when asked whether Hooker was ready to play against Duke on Saturday. “So I feel the same that I always have.”

Hooker was on the sidelines Saturday night and threw to teammates during early pregame warmups.

He spent much of the game encouraging fellow quarterbacks Braxton Burmeister and Quincy Patterson. Burmeister started the game and Patterson played when the former Oregon transfer suffered a hand injury early in the second quarter.

Hooker is coming off a breakout year that saw him go 6-2 as a starter. He threw for 1,555 yards (61%) with 13 touchdowns and turned the ball over only twice. He also ran the ball 123 carries for 356 yards with five touchdowns.

The fourth-year junior was listed as the team’s No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart Fuente released before the team’s game against Virginia was called off. Fuente did a new wrinkle to the team’s offensive game plan by promising playing time for Burmeister as well.

“The head man knows what he’s doing,” Hooker said this month. “So, he’s going to put us in the best situation to win. If that’s it, then we’re going to roll with it. When it’s my time, I’m going to play ball. And when it’s Braxton’s time I’m going to play ball.”

Fuente planned on having the quarterbacks compete for the starting spot in spring, but that competition was delayed to the fall where Hooker, Burmeister and Patterson rotated throughout fall camp.

“If you’ve got two guys, and neither one of them has played well enough, so you’re just shuttling them back and forth that’s a different scenario than what we’ve got,” Fuente said. “We’ve got two guys that have performed at a high level...I really believe that all things being considered, this is the best thing for us right now.”

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