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Exit Light, Enter Burmeister

By Ed Williams | September 24
Exit Light, Enter Burmeister


There is a high level of excitement surrounding redshirt junior quarterback Braxton Burmeister. In a year without spring ball, many thought that Hendon Hooker would return as QB1 in 2020 without much of a competition, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The Oregon transfer will play a prominent role for the Hokies this season, so let’s take a look and see what he will bring to the table.

Burmeister finished high school as the #10 ranked dual threat quarterback in the country with a .8941 24/7 composite ranking (Hooker in comparison was an .8903). He also holds the CIF San Diego Section career records in total yards, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and pass completions. These impressive stats lead to a high-quality offer list, including Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, Washington and of course, Oregon.

In his two years at Oregon, Burmeister played in spurts behind now-LA Chargers QB Justin Herbert. As a freshman in 2017, he appeared in six games while starting four, finishing the year with 307 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. He also added 2 touchdowns on the ground.

After transferring to Virginia Tech, Braxton was forced (unfairly?) to sit out and redshirt in 2019, but left a strong impression on the his coaching staff and teammates with his speed and athleticism on scout team. His play in camp has been so impressive, that it led to Coach Fuente announcing that both Burmeister and Hooker will play this year. While in a perfect world, Hooker would take the first snap of the season, who knows how things will play out leading up to Saturday. I am looking forward to seeing Burmeister’s athleticism and arm talent on display, whenever the time comes.

Ed Williams

Ed Williams

After 3 years in Blacksburg, I graduated from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2019. Before transferring to VT, I played 1 year of lacrosse at another southwest VA school, Ferrum College. While I loved the D3 life, transferring to Virginia Tech was the best decision I've ever made. I loved every second of my 3 years and I wish it lasted longer.

You'll have a hard time finding a bigger VT Hoops fan than me. Watching the 2019 men’s basketball team make a run to the sweet 16 is by far my favorite VT sports memory, and I’m excited to watch Coach Mike Young get this program back to that level on a consistent basis.

Besides Virginia Tech athletics, I am a huge D.C. sports fan. The Nationals winning the 2019 World Series is my single favorite sports memory, and quite honestly will be very hard to beat. Hopefully a Virginia Tech football or basketball National Championship will give the Nats a run for their money in the near future.

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