Fuente isn’t going into the season opener with a predetermined idea of how many series each quarterback will get, but the offense will look similar regardless of who is in the game, thanks to their similar skill sets.
Hooker took over as Tech’s starter last season after a 2-2 start and the Hokies coming off an embarrassing 45-10 loss to Duke. He threw for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a thrilling debut on the road at Miami, leading the Hokies to a 42-35 win.
He ended up 6-2 as a starter — missing the Notre Dame game due to injury — and put up 1,900-plus total yards and 18 touchdowns. The running game also improved with Hooker under center, and his mistake-free brand of football got Tech within one win of the ACC title game.
It was exactly what Hooker envisioned when he took his name out of the transfer portal last year and stayed in Blacksburg. Hooker spent about a month away from the team before deciding to come back and compete for the starting job.
Hooker was upbeat about Fuente’s plan on Wednesday.
“The head man knows what he’s doing,” Hooker said. “So, he’s going to put us in the best situation to win. If that’s it, then we’re going to roll with it. When it’s my time, I’m going to play ball. And when it’s Braxton’s time I’m going to play ball.”