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Monday, May 17, 2010
CMU adds another to its QB competition

By Graham Watson

The most important task this spring for new Central Michigan coach Dan Enos was trying to find a quarterback to replace four-year starter Dan LeFevour.

Enos raved about sophomore Ryan Radcliff, the heir apparent, after spring practices:
"We were very, very satisfied with Ryan's play this spring," Enos told the Detroit News. "We'll run a multiple offense this year. We'll go shotgun and some under center. We asked Ryan to do some things he wasn't used to under center and a 5, 7, 3 step drop. He got acclimated very, very easily. He's got a strong arm."

But apparently Enos isn’t all that comfortable handing over the reins to Radcliff just yet.

Central Michigan signed Grossmont Junior College (El Cajon, Calif.) quarterback Brandon Fricke and he arrived on campus Sunday, signifying that the quarterbacking competition was far from over.

Fricke has a slight advantage because he’s played in a pro-style offense. Radcliff was recruited to the spread and spent the spring learning to play under center.

Fricke only played in five games with Grossmont this season, but he did throw for 780 yards and eight touchdowns.

As the primary backup last season, Radcliff completed 10 of 21 passes for 115 yards and two interceptions.

Fricke and Radcliff will be two of six quarterbacks on the roster competing for the starting role in the fall.