NCF Nation: Calvin McGee

Veteran QBs, uncertain situations

August, 9, 2011
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As we mentioned earlier, the Big East is a veteran-quarterback league. But there are a few veterans facing uncertain circumstances headed into the season.

Chas Dodd, Rutgers. What is most uncertain is how Dodd will adjust to new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. The move should be a good one for Dodd and the offense, which had no clear identity in 2010. Still, anytime a new coordinator comes aboard, there are often bumps. Dodd has a good group of receivers, but the offensive line has to improve and a running back has got to step up as well. Coach Greg Schiano says, "Chas is comfortable with what we're doing, although it's different than what he's done in the past," Schiano said. "He looked very proficient in what he was doing in the spring."

Geno Smith, West Virginia. The reason Smith is on the list is because of the biggest change to West Virginia -- new coach and offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen. Given what Holgorsen has done in the past, perhaps there is certainty in the situation -- that Smith will become one of the most prolific passers in the country. But this is a new offense, one that features a more high-tempo system than what Smith has run with the Mountaineers. There is uncertainty at running back as well. And how will Holgorsen juggle calling plays and being the head coach?

Tino Sunseri, Pitt. Sunseri has a new coach in Todd Graham, new offensive coordinator in Calvin McGee, a quarterbacks coach in Todd Dodge and new offensive scheme. Leading receiver Jon Baldwin is gone, too. That all adds up to some uncertainty headed into the system. The Panthers are going to be running more of a hurry-up, spread system, a radically different approach than the Panthers traditionally feature. But Sunseri says the change has been good for him, and he is feeling more and more comfortable.

"The offense is going to bring out a lot of my strengths, show off my arm strength and show I can make every throw on the field and show off my athleticism," Sunseri said. "We're definitely excited about the possibilities."

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