Hokies look ahead to home opener against Delaware

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Two days removed from beating West Virginia, the Hokies face a short week here in Blacksburg as they get set for a visit by the Delaware Blue Hens in Saturday's home opener. Quarterback Josh Jackson has been named the ACC's Rookie of the Week after the freshman became the first Tech signal caller since 2013 to rush for more than a hundred yards in a game in the win over the Mountaineers.

"There's some things that I have got to continue to work on, flipping protections and getting the ball out quicker on some plays and location I guess you could say," said Quarterback, Josh Jackson. "There's definitely some little things as an offense we've got to improve."

"We haven't really had the opportunity to see Josh run that much, just because it's non-contact during camp and everything," Chung said. "But he had some great runs. I saw him when he broke that 46-yarder, he was kind of moving. I was kind of like, 'Jeez, Josh.' I didn't know he had wheels like that. It was good to see."

"Everybody talks about the quarterback position and managing the game," said Head Coach, Justin Fuente. "You can't go out there and just take a knee every snap. You've got to eventually go make plays and Josh did a good job of making plays."

Jackson's performance was much needed in light of the fact that the vaunted Tech defense gave up nearly 600 yards to the Mountaineers. But there isn't a lot of hand wringing following the win, especially in this era of a new normal for college football.

"The way these offenses are nowadays they're gonna throw it all over the field," said Defensive Coordinator, Bud Foster. "Would we like to have some plays back? Sure, but I can't fault our kids' effort one bit. They gave a winning effort for 60 minutes in all aspects and that's what we're looking for. We can iron out some things but the offenses nowadays, when you are playing good people, they're gonna have dynamic athletes at certain spots and they're gonna make some plays and hopefully the big thing we have got to do is keep them from being extremely explosive plays."

Saturday's game with Delaware will mark a return to the Commonwealth for head coach Danny Rocco. Rocco is the former head man at both Liberty and Richmond, and one time UVA assistant.