The last 12 months have certainly been interesting — which is putting it mildly — for Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech football. After a disappointing six-win season that ended with a bowl game loss to Cincinnati, the hits keep on coming in Blacksburg.
On Wednesday (Jan. 23), quarterback Josh Jackson became the latest player to transfer out of the program. (He’s in the portal!) During his redshirt freshman season in 2017, Jackson was certainly productive; however, last June, Jackson was suspended indefinitely for an academic issue. That discrepancy was quickly resolved; Jackson entered the 2018 season as Tech’s starter.
He was injured in the team’s third game of the season, however (a loss to ODU), and never played again. Jackson is a graduate transfer; he’s eligible to play right away elsewhere in 2019.
BREAKING: QB Josh Jackson remains on Hokies after academic matter resolved, according to source familiar with the situation https://t.co/79h8s91PJQ pic.twitter.com/XpTWywS7vN
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) June 19, 2018
Again, Jackson is just the most recent departure. Recently, wide receiver Eric Kumah and tight end Chris Cunningham announce their decisions to transfer on Tuesday. The next day, running back Deshawn McClease decided to follow them out the door. Now it’s Jackson.
All of that activity spurred Fuente to issue a statement on from the program’s official Twitter account.
Statement from Head Coach Justin Fuente pic.twitter.com/8tQmZTsaPI
— Virginia Tech Football (@VT_Football) January 23, 2019