Colorado State names Stucker starter

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

After months of auditioning, fifth-year senior Grant Stucker has earned the starting quarterback job at Colorado State.

Coach Steve Fairchild announced Friday that Stucker, who has played in five games the past three seasons, would start the opener against Colorado this Sunday. Fairchild said he'd also like to see junior college transfer Jon Eastman play.

"[Stucker] just played a little more consistently down the stretch here," Fairchild told the media this weekend. "Since last Saturday, I've kind of been pleased with the direction he's headed."

Stucker is 3-for-5 for 22 yards in his career. Last season, he battled Billy Farris for the starting role and narrowly lost. He eventually slipped to third on the depth chart.

Heading into this season, sophomore Klay Kubiak seemed to have the inside track after backing up Farris, but Kubiak had offseason shoulder surgery, missed the spring, and hasn't been able to participate much this fall.

Stucker has taken advantage of the injuries. Last weekend, he started to take control of the starting role after Eastman was sidelined with a broken finger on his non-throwing hand.

"I think it was a spirited battle, and I'm sure we'll need Jon before long," Fairchild said. "Grant's played pretty good here for a week, so I think he's earned the right to be the starter."