Josh Jackson is hours away from beginning his collegiate career as Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback. Running Justin Fuente’s offensive system should lead to some great performances in the near future, but his first test will be keeping the Hokies on top of old Big East rival West Virginia tonight in Landover, Maryland. It can be a nervous situation for any young quarterback, but Jackson will reportedly get some words of advice from one of the best when it comes to big game moments in football; Tom Brady.
Brady has contacted Jackson before, and he will do so again prior to Sunday night’s game against the Mountaineers, according to The Roanoke Times. The connection is Jackson’s father, Fred Jackson. A former assistant coach at Michigan, Fred Jackson was on the staff when Brady was playing for the Wolverines and has accumulated a good list of contacts to rely on when needed. Jackson says the future Pro Football Hall of Famer intends to offer some words of encouragement to his son prior to his first college start.
“Tom says he’s going to call him,” Fred said, according to The Roanoke Times. “And if Tom says he’s going to do something, he’ll do it.”
Jackson was a three-star recruit out of Michigan in Virginia Tech’s Class of 2016, but his dual-threat abilities appear to fit right in with what Fuente will want from his offense for the time being.