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Spring QB competition: WAC

February, 9, 2011
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We continue our look at spring quarterback competitions with a look at the WAC. The league has the most turnover of quarterbacks among all the non-AQs. Only Hawaii and New Mexico State return their main starters from 2010.

Nevada

[+] EnlargeColin Kaepernick
AP Photo/Eugene TannerNevada has big shoes to fill with quarterback Colin Kaepernick headed to the NFL.
Who’s out: Colin Kaepernick, school and NCAA record-setting quarterback.

Who’s in: Tyler Lantrip. He has served as Kaepernick’s backup for the past several seasons and is a senior, so he should have the knowledge of the Pistol offense to be able to go in right away and attempt to replace Kaepernick. But it’s a much different deal when you have to start instead of hold a clipboard. How he handles the job as a starter will go a long way toward determining how far Nevada goes in 2011.

Fresno State

Who’s out: Ryan Colburn.

Who’s in: Derek Carr. The brother of former Bulldogs quarterback David Carr, Derek comes in with much hype. He played as a backup his true freshman season after battling with Colburn for the starting job, but the coaching staff wisely redshirted him in 2010 to give him three years of eligibility. In his senior year of high school, he threw for more than 4,000 yards and broke more than 20 school offensive records.

Louisiana Tech

Who’s out: Ross Jenkins.

Who’s competing: Jenkins emerged after Louisiana Tech tried several different players last season. The players to watch going into the spring: Tarik Hakmi, who played in three games last season, and junior college signee Zach Griffith from Fullerton C.C. Colby Cameron, who played in several games at quarterback last season, could be a possibility, but he moved to receiver after Jenkins won the starting job again last season. Rising redshirt freshman Taylor Burch could be in the mix. He also is playing baseball, but is expected to compete in spring football.

Idaho

Who’s out: Nathan Enderle.

Who’s in: Brian Reader. He spent the past two seasons backing up Enderle and is now ready to take the starting reigns as a rising senior. The Vandals also have Taylor Davis, Logan Bushnell and Justin Podrabsky on the roster.

Utah State

Who’s out: Diondre Borel.

Who’s competing: The Aggies are quite young at this position, with Alex Hart and Jeremy Higgins returning off their freshmen seasons. Higgins served as the backup, but Utah State signed a junior college transfer in Adam Kennedy who will be eligible for spring practice. Kennedy, at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds played at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., last season, throwing for 1,767 yards in 10 games on 153-of-236 passing with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also had 368 yards rushing with four touchdowns.

San Jose State

Who’s out: Jordan La Secla

Who’s competing: Matt Faulkner, a transfer from Fresno State, served as the backup last season but will have healthy competition from rising sophomores Dasmen Stewart and Blake Jurich. As a senior in high school, Jurich threw for 2,360 yards. Stewart has a redshirt under his belt, so he has been in the program for two years.

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