Taking a break from the Florida State, Big XII, Conference expansion stuff to look at some actual football. Bill O'Brien at Penn State has decided that very soon he will name a starting quarterback. Whether it is Paul Jones, Matt McGloin or Rob Bolden is a moot point; he's doing the smart thing by picking one guy to lead his squad through the summer and into fall. Mike Gundy already made a similar move by naming Wes Lunt his starter after spring ball and today we're going to talk about why this is something that only helps your ball club.
Quarterback "battles" suck. They suck for the coaches. They suck for the team. They suck a lot when they are the focus of training camp. Spring is where positions get won and lost. There is no preseason college football, when your guys get to campus in August they are there to get in tip top shape and prepare for the upcoming season. An elongated quarterback battle slows down this preparation process. People think that at some point in August these quarterbacks that are globbed together in a push for one spot are going to clearly separate themselves; they're not. These players are going to be lumped together, they will have good days and bad days; just like they had good spring games and bad spring games.
Ultimately the message here is simple: Pick a guy. Get him fully prepped from a leadership, gameplan, rapport standpoint for game one. If he doesn't work, go with the back-up and let him be the guy. A prolonged battle leaves two players underprepared and that does not help the team as a whole.
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