|Daniel Duhart will start at quarterback for Alabama State on Aug. 31 against Jacksonville State. (Twitter photo)|
Alabama State heads into the 2013 as the trendy favorite to win the SWAC East and compete for a conference title. After a long spring/summer, it looks like they’ve finally decided who will lead them on that quest. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that redshirt sophomore Daniel Duhart has will start ASU’s opener against Jacksonville State on Aug. 31.
Duhart had been in a battle with Southern Miss transfer Arsenio Favor, during spring ball and the start of fall camp. According to the report, head coach Reggie Barlow broke the news to Duhart Wednesday afternoon. Understandably, Duhart was excited to be selected as the starter. Barlow said that Duhart’s experience in the offense gave him an edge in the competition, although he anticipates both players seeing live action.
“Both of these guys are going to play,” Barlow said. “We do have two really good quarterbacks and a young quarterback that we think is going to be pretty good. But (looking over the stats) showed us that Duhart is the pinpoint passer we thought he was, he completes a lot of passes, he throws a very catchable ball, he knows the system really well and a calmness he has that the guys rally around.”
Duhart inherits the job that was vacated by current Oakland Raider rookie Greg Jenkins. Duhart played well in limited time as Jenkins’ backup, completing 69 percent of his passes and throwing four touchdowns with no interceptions. He led ASU to a win over Prairie View last season.