Thursday, February 28, 2013
Poll: Interesting QB competitions
By Kevin Gemmell
Last week Ted and I gave you our thoughts on the spring quarterback competitions that we thought were the most interesting. I went with the Oregon State competition of Cody Vaz and Sean Mannion. Ted opted for the competition at Arizona.
Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon State and USC seem to have the most heated competitions -- though I don't think anyone would be shocked if things open up at Washington State or Keith Price feels some pressure at Washington. But for your Thursday poll question, we'll go with those first five. Which Pac-12 quarterback competition is the most interesting? (Cue up the "I voted Oregon" jokes).
Arizona: The Wildcats have to replace Matt Scott -- a second-team all-conference performer who was sixth nationally in total yards. B.J. Denker got some work last year, and Jesse Scroggins, Javelle Allen and incoming freshman Anu Solomon are all in the mix.
California: Five men enter -- Allan Bridgford, Zach Kline, Austin Hinder, Kyle Boehm and Jared Goff. Which one wins over new head coach Sonny Dykes and takes over the up-tempo offense remains to be seen.
Colorado: Jordan Webb, Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman -- who all saw playing time last year -- are back. But touted prospect Shane Dillon or highly-recruited Sefo Liufau, who arrives in the fall, could be the best options to run Colorado's new pistol offense.
Oregon State: Both Mannion and Vaz have displayed the tools and talents to win big games. Both also have had their share of tough outings. This is the only competition that features two veterans (both with winning records as starters last year, mind you) squaring off.
USC: Anytime the Trojans have a quarterback competition, it's going to be national news. And the fact that they are replacing Matt Barkley - - the league's all-time leader in touchdown passes -- makes it bigger news. Max Wittek got some work last year, but Cody Kessler and spring enrollee Max Browne won't be far behind.