We spent a lot of time this summer talking about battles for starting quarterback. While some of those battles have been settled, some coaches have opted to use multiple signal-callers over the course of the game. It is early, and this could certainly change, but the three teams below have shown that it can be done effectively at times.
Bethune-Cookman: Jackie Wilson, Quentin Williams, Brodrick Waters
Talk about a wealth of riches. Bethune-Cookman Coach Brian Jenkins as three players that could start at quarterback for at least a third of the conference. All three quarterbacks helped the Wildcats take home the 2012 MEAC title and all three came back for the re-up. Williams is generally considered the best passer, Waters has the jets and Wilson is somewhere in between.
Wilson: 12 for 19, 2 TDs
Waters: 7 for 16, 1 TD
Williams: 10 for 16, 1 TD 101 rushing yds, 2 rushing TDs
Winston-Salem State: Anthony Carrothers and Rudy Johnson
Though it entered the season ranked fifth in the nation, Winston-Salem State entered 2013 knowing it would need a new approach for its passing game. The Rams have the un-enviable task of trying to replace three-year starter Kam Smith, who re-wrote the WSSU passing record books, throwing for 43 touchdowns in 2012 alone. Carrothers, the diminutive transfer from Grambling State, started and played the entire season opener. Both quarterbacks got a chance to play in Saturday’s 62-8 blowout of Virginia University of Lynchburg, and the duo combined for five touchdown passes and just one interception. Look for both to play in Saturday’s Cleveland Classic against Tuskegee and throughout the 2013 season.
Carrothers: 33 for 57, 391 yards, 5 TDs, 60 yards rushing
Johnson: 10 for 12, 1 TD
|Jerry Lovelocke has completed 71 percent of his passes for Prairie View in 2013. (Dallas News photos)|
Jerry Lovelock and Deautre Smiley, Prairie View
This duo came to Prairie View in 2011 as part of coach Heishma Northern’s first recruiting class. Lovelock and Smiley have each seen time as both the starter and the backup during their tenture at PVAM, with Lovelock getting the most of the playing time so far in 2013. Both are efficient passers that can make plays with their feet as well.
Lovelock: 78 for 109 (71 pct) 770 yds, 2 TDs
Smiley: 13 for 19 (68 percent)
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