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Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wolfpack QBs: And then there were three

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

 
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 Daniel Evans' experience gives him an edge in the Wolfpack's quarterback derby.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was the first question coach Tom O'Brien got today: Who's your starting quarterback?

"I don't know," he said. "Flip a coin. You need three coins. We'll figure it out. We still have another scrimmage to go so we're working towards that end. Hopefully it will clear itself up by Wednesday."

O'Brien has at least made progress in that he's narrowed his choices from five to three. Harrison Beck and Justin Burke are no longer in the mix. Now O'Brien has to make the final call.

Age is not a factor. The schedule is not a factor.

Talent is.

None of the three remaining quarterbacks though -- Daniel Evans, Russell Wilson or Mike Glennon -- has separated himself.

"Whenever you do this you always hope that somebody would stand out and grab the situation and run away from the other person, but that really hasn't happened right now," O'Brien said. "It's not the most ideal thing. It's always better if you have somebody that takes control of the position."

All three of the quarterbacks said the right things today: They're all friends. They all help each other out. They're not wrapped up in the competition like the media is. They all bring positive things to the game. It was like walking into Playerspeak 101.

"All of the quarterbacks are great," said Wilson. "I think we're all just trying to work together. We really want to push each other. You want to help the team grow each and every day. I'm not worried about losing the starting job or winning it. When I get my chance, I just have to be ready to play. We're all good friends. We all work together; we all help each other."

Clearly, though, Evans has a bit of an edge because of his experience. Glennon is only 18 years old, and Wilson is a redshirt freshman.

"[Evans] has a much better knowledge of the offense than the other two young kids because he's been in it," O'Brien said. "You can see in his execution and his drops and his delivering the ball on time what he's been doing looks like a guy who's played the game of football in our system, where the other two kids, they're young and very talented but they're maybe looking right when they should be looking left."

In less than two weeks, one of them will be looking at South Carolina.

"I've been through the quarterback battle for three years now, so being down to three now ... last year it was starting with three," Evans said. "It's not really anything new."

And that's been part of the problem.