Monday, August 23, 2010
Adam Froman sensible choice for Louisville
By Brian Bennett
While a three-man quarterback battle raged on for Louisville all preseason, I always said that Adam Froman would likely be the starter. And head coach Charlie Strong confirmed Froman as his choice today.
That's no slight to the other two competitors. Justin Burke is as heady as they come, and Will Stein has a ton of moxie; if he were four or five inches taller, he'd be a star.
But Froman always seemed a much better fit for the type of offense Strong and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford want to run. Froman is no Tim Tebow, but he's easily the most mobile of the three challengers. I've seen many sprinting drills at Louisville in which Froman blew away the field in his group. Froman also has good leadership skills, if not a powerful arm.
This doesn't mean Froman is bound for sure success. After all, he had only six touchdown passes against five interceptions last season in seven starts. He needs to get better with his decision making, and there remains the possibility that true freshman dynamo Dominique Brown develops and at least takes some snaps at quarterback before the year is done.
But to start the year, Froman is the logical and best choice.
If Froman does have a big season, then Steve Kragthorpe can take some credit. Kragthorpe personally recruited Froman out of junior college when some other staff members weren't sold on Froman's ability. In fact, Froman is the only quarterback on the roster Kragthorpe recruited as a scholarship player; Burke transferred from NC State and Stein walked on.