Inside HOKIE SPORTS | Vol. 15 No. 1 | August 2022

16 Inside Hokie Sports QUARTERBACKS PLAYERS TO WATCH One of the biggest question marks for a first-time head coach is: who will be under center? For Brent Pry and offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen – who inherit a team with no entrenched starter – their first few months in Blacksburg have centered around finding that answer. All roads through fall camp point to a two-man battle for the starting job between transfers Grant Wells and Jason Brown, who have each shown flashes of success and athleticism. Wells, a Marshall transfer, completed 66.3% of his passes last season for 3,532 yards and 16 touchdowns. Additionally, the Charleston, West Virginia native demonstrated his dual-threat ability by finding the end zone seven times on the ground. A two-year starter during his time in Huntington, Wells comes to Virginia Tech having been named the 2020 Conference USA Freshman of the Year – a crowning title for the 6-foot-2, 203-pound rookie who led the league with 2,091 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. Wells also owns eight career 300-yard passing games to his name. A welcome addition to the Hokies’ quarterback room, Wells brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and accolades to Blacksburg after his successful stint with the Thundering Herd. Brown is a Fredericksburg, Virginia native who comes to the New River Valley having started four games a season ago at South Carolina, where he quickly became a key component in helping the Gamecocks reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2018. A 6-foot-2 athlete, JASON BROWN GRANT WELLS