Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound redshirt freshman from Ann Arbor, Michigan, beat out junior-college transfer AJ Bush and freshman Hendon Hooker, who enrolled in January, for the job. He carried that momentum into camp and will now have the honor of taking over starter duties for the departed Jerod Evans.
Tech opens its season September 3 versus West Virginia at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Jackson was a four-star recruit in the 2016 class and ranked as Rivals' No. 23 dual-threat quarterback prospect coming out of high school.
Though he hasn't played in a game, Jackson is the most experienced player on the roster when it comes to learning the Hokies' offensive system. "They're great athletes. My focus is definitely knowing everything that I can when it comes to defenses and offenses, and just making sure I'm as accurate as I possibly can".