A few weeks before the end of the regular season football game between Virginia and Virginia Tech, it became clear that the opposing quarterbacks would be Brennan Armstrong for visiting UVa and Grant Wells for the Hokies.
Not only was the game canceled and the season ended after the Charlottesville shooting that claimed the lives of three UVa football players, but Armstrong has entered the college football transfer scene and Wells’ future in Blacksburg is equally uncertain.
Wells began his college career at Marshall.
Both UVa and Tech have taken quarterbacks on the transfer portal since the end of the regular season.
Va. added Tony Muskett, a West Springfield (Va.) High School graduate who has started 23 games over parts of three seasons at Monmouth College, where he passed for more than 5,600 yards.
Muskett was a first-team All-Big South selection in 2021 before Monmouth moved to the Colonial Athletic Association this past season.
If Armstrong is headed elsewhere, to another college or to the pros, the most likely candidate for him would be 2022 shortstop Jay Woolfolk, who has shown promise but is also the leadoff hitter on UVa’s baseball team.
UVa also gets a promising receiver in Malik Washington, a product of Lawrenceville, Ga., who had a team-leading 65 receptions in the Northwest this past season.
One of Muskett’s teammates at Monmouth, Ugo Obasi, began his career at UVa.
Daijon Parker, a 6-3, 300-pound offensive tackle, is headed to Virginia from Saginaw Valley State.
As for the Hokies, the site produced Kyron Drones, Baylor’s quarterback this past season. The Drones, who have played in five games, have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He was a four (out of five) star out of high school.
According to Baylor’s website, Drones has offers coming out of Pearland, Texas from Baylor, Auburn, Mississippi, TCU, Missouri and Georgia Tech.
Tech also gets Old Dominion wide receiver Ali Jennings, who has 116 receptions for more than 2,000 yards over the past two seasons.
Tech fans may remember former Hokies quarterback Quincy Patterson, who was at Tech for parts of three seasons, transferred to North Dakota State and most recently at Temple, where he was listed as a redshirt junior this past fall.
It will be interesting to see what direction Virginia takes when it was announced that offensive line coach Garett Tujague, who had served as recruiting coordinator, resigned and accepted a position at NC State, where he will be joined by former Cavalier teammate Robert Anae.
Anae was the offensive coordinator at Syracuse this past season. … Meanwhile, former Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente will serve as a radio commentator at the Sun Bowl. His former rival at UVa, Bronco Mendenhall, hosts the HeadCoachU podcast.