Transfer Jerod Evans named Virginia Tech's starting QB

Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans (4) runs the ball during the NCAA college football team's practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Junior college transfer Jerod Evans will be Virginia Tech's starting quarterback in the opener against Liberty.

First-year Hokies coach Justin Fuente made the announcement Thursday.

Evans beat out redshirt senior Brenden Motley and freshman Josh Jackson for the job.

Evans threw for 38 touchdowns with just three interceptions last year in eight games at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas.

Fuente says Evans has ''had a few more predicted outcomes in terms of executing at a little bit higher level.'' He also says that all three quarterbacks need to be ready to play and the coaches will continue to evaluate and develop all three.

Motley started six games last season, throwing for 11 touchdowns with seven interceptions.