Hokies quarterback competition runs through spring

BLACKSBURG, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- With Josh Jackson leaving Virginia Tech, the Hokies are in search of a new starting quarterback. All eyes were under center for Saturday's spring game.

Ryan Willis started 10 games for an injured Jackson last season. He took the majority of the first team reps during the 100-play scrimmage. Quincy Patterson and Hendon Hooker are the others competing for the starting spot.

"Obviously, we're all trying our best," Willis said. "We're all improving every day. It means a lot to all of us. We just need to be leaders out there and control what we can control."

"A lot of people say its a quarterback competition," Patterson added, "but really, either one, all three of us will be happy regardless of who starts. At this point, we kind of just want to win. Whoever can get those wins, we really don't care."

Hooker appeared in six games for the Hokies in 2018 while Patterson saw action in three as a true freshman. He was able to retain a year of eligibility and will enter fall camp as a redshirt freshman.