With the sports world currently focused on the NFL draft, we at the WM Sports Blog decided to turn our attention to Tribe football. Going into the season, the biggest question mark on the team is still at the quarterback position. Who will start?
Over the next few weeks, we will profile every QB on the Tribe’s roster, give you their background information, and help you get to know them—starting with Redshirt Freshman, Jhalil Mosley.
Jhalil Mosley attended Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is described as a “Dual-Threat” quarterback on Yahoo Sports’ Rivals and is listed at 6’0’’ and 185 pounds.
In high school, Mosley was a three-year letter winner, First-Team All-District selection as an athlete, and team captain his Senior year. Mosley finished his high school career with 4,364 passing yards and 48 touchdowns accompanied by 1,648 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns—living up to his “Dual-Threat” label.
On top of his football accolades, Mosley lettered three times on the Monticello basketball team and twice on the baseball team, also serving as a captain his senior year on the basketball team. One can clearly see that the kid has an incredibly wide range of talent, judging by the amount of sports he successfully played in high school alone.
Funny enough, Mosley originally committed to CAA-rival, James Madison University. Mosley then de-committed after JMU fired then offensive coordinator Jeff Durden. Mosley subsequently joined the Tribe.
Seeing as Mosley is only a Redshirt Freshman and has yet to take a collegiate snap at this point in his career, we don’t have much game film to analyze. Mosley also missed this year’s Spring Game with a foot injury.
Even still, W&M offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers has spoken on record comparing Mosley’s throwing motion to former Virginia Tech star, Michael Vick. That is no small comparison, as Rogers boasts several decades of football experience, including five years at QB coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Vick was also nothing short of a legend during his time at Virginia Tech.
To view a small sample size of Mosley’s talent, this highlight reel on Mosley’s high school senior night gives you a feel for his dual-threat capabilities.
In the end, Mosley may become the first Freshman to start a collegiate game under Head Coach Jimmye Laycock in a very, very long time. Mosley holds tremendous upside, but is still raw and inexperienced. But hey, he can’t gain experience unless you start him, right?
Odds of Mosley Starting @ Virginia Tech on August 30: Medium-High