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Draft Scout Josh Jackson News
11/25/17 - No. 25 Virginia Tech was hit hard by injuries to its defense in recent weeks, creating a little bit of anxiety for head coach Justin Fuente as he pondered his team's chances of extending its lengthy win streak against in-state rival Virginia. "I was a little worried about it this week, to be honest with you," Fuente said. He had no need for concern. His team prepared at a high level and played lights out in a 10-0 win over the Cavaliers on Friday night at Scott Stadium to extend the Hokies' win streak in the rivalry to an astounding 14 games. "I knew they were going to step up," Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "They were ready."
Tech dispatched Virginia with a dominating defensive performance and a renewed commitment to running the ball. The Hokies churned out 202 hard-earned yards on the ground, led by Deshawn McClease (71 yards) and Steven Peoples (71), who returned after missing five of the last six games because of an assortment of injuries. Virginia Tech scored the game's only touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Josh Jackson to Chris Cunningham in the third quarter. It was Jackson's 19th touchdown pass of the season. The Hokies (9-3, 5-3 ACC) outgained the Cavaliers (6-6, 3-5) 345-191. Despite losing three straight and five of their last six, Virginia has qualified for a bowl game for the first time since 2011. - The Sports Xchange
10/28/17 - No. 13 Virginia Tech defeated Duke 24-3 in the pouring rain on Saturday night at Lane Stadium. The Hokies (7-1, 3-1 ACC) dominated the box score but had trouble reaching the end zone. They survived thanks to a strong effort from their defense.Tech outgained Duke (4-5, 1-5) 387-183 and forced two turnovers to break a two-game home losing streak to the Blue Devils. Duke suffered its fifth straight loss, its longest losing streak since dropping five straight to end the 2012 season. The Blue Devils must win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible.
Hokies quarterback Josh Jackson passed for 200 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for Tech's only second-half score on a 6-yard run in the third quarter. Jackson led an offense that reached Duke territory on 11 of 13 possessions, but Tech turned that into only a modest scoring output. The Hokies took advantage of the wet conditions by rushing for 187 yards and two scores. Sophomore running back Deshawn McClease ran for a career-high 75 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. McClease was back after missing last week's game with an illness. He had a career-long 23-yard run in the second quarter. - The Sports Xchange
10/07/17 - Redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Jackson threw for 322 yards and a touchdown, leading No. 16 Virginia Tech to a 23-10 victory over Boston College in an ACC game on Saturday night. Jackson was 22 of 33 in his second 300-yard passing game of his rookie season. He was intercepted once as Virginia Tech (5-1, 1-1 ACC) rebounded from last week's home loss to No. 2 Clemson with the easy road win. The Hokies built a 23-3 lead before the Eagles (2-4, 0-3) showed offensive spark late in the game. Virginia Tech won easily despite losing top receiver Cam Phillips to an apparent left ankle injury in the first half. He was hurt catching his 42nd pass of the season for a gain of 11 yards. Sean Savoy, who came in with 18 catches in five games, had nine receptions for 139 yards, including a 53-yard scoring strike that opened the scoring. Travon McMillian ran for 88 yards on 17 carries, including a 23-yard touchdown run. Joey Slye kicked three field goals and two extra points to pass Shayne Green and become Virginia Tech's all-time leading scorer. - The Sports Xchange
09/27/17 - QB Josh Jackson completed 20 of 30 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns against ODU, his third straight game with at least two touchdown passes. His stellar day was sullied just a bit by his first career interception (on his 100th attempt this season), but he settled down to throw all three of his touchdowns after the mistake. Jackson has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,127 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception this season. He is the first Tech quarterback to win his first four starts since Logan Thomas in 2011.
09/18/17 - SEPT 18 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech, QB, R-Fr., 6-1, 217, Ann Arbor, Mich.,...Jackson was voted the ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time after he completed 24-of-31 passes for 372 yards and threw for five touchdowns with no turnovers in Virginia Tech's 64-17 win over East Carolina. Jackson set career highs in completions, attempts, passing yards, and passing touchdowns, including his longest career completion with a 70-yard scoring toss to RB Travon McMillian. His five touchdown passes tied for the most in a single-game in program history. His 372 yards in the air were the most by a Hokie freshman signal caller and the fifth most for any Hokie quarterback since 1987. Jackson is the first Virginia Tech quarterback to win his first three career starts since Logan Thomas in 2011. - ACC Football