Virginia Tech offered a measure of closure Thursday to its first offseason under Justin Fuente, as the Hokies announced that Jerod Evans had won a three-man race to be the starting quarterback. Likewise, Virginia first-year coach Bronco Mendenhall declared East Carolina graduate transfer Kurt Benkert his starter one day earlier, while Wake Forest announced that John Wolford would start, with Kendall Hinton seeing some action as well.
Jimbo Fisher stated the obvious Saturday by naming Deondre Francois as Florida State’s starter, and Syracuse revealed its worst-kept secret Monday, as the Orange’s Week 1 depth chart had sophomore Eric Dungey as the No. 1 quarterback.
Still, there are a couple of QB battles across the league that have yet to be decided. Here are the scenarios involving each of them.
Boston College: Steve Addazio did not name a Week 1 starter Monday, leaving Georgia Tech (and everyone else) to wonder if Patrick Towles or Darius Wade will take the first snap Saturday in Dublin. Towles arrived in the spring as a graduate transfer from Kentucky, while Wade enters Year 3 in the BC program after seeing his 2015 season cut short three weeks in because of a broken ankle. Both players have impressed Addazio throughout camp, and if nothing else, he and the rest of the BC staff can breathe easy knowing they finally have some depth at that position. Still, the Eagles plan on playing just one QB, and it remains to be seen which direction they choose to go.
NC State: The Wolfpack released their depth chart Sunday, and the infamous “OR” was listed under the starting quarterback line, with Ryan Finley OR Jalan McClendon set to get the start Thursday against William & Mary. Coach Dave Doeren said Friday that both players will see time in the opener, but it remains unclear who will actually take the first snap and how the reps will be distributed. Finley, a Boise State graduate transfer who was two years of eligibility remaining, arrived in Raleigh this summer. He had worked previously with new Pack offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz when they were both with the Broncos. McClendon, meanwhile, saw action in eight games last season and enters his third year in the program under Doeren. Stay tuned.