August 20, 2006
BOULDER - Two weeks into camp, the coaches have reached a decision in regards to the quarterback battle.
After meeting with the quarterbacks individually this afternoon, an announcement is expected to be made following Sunday afternoon's practice session, which will conclude early around 5:15 pm.
"We have made a decision," offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich confirmed following Sunday morning's workout. "We'll have individual meetings with the quarterbacks (this afternoon) and then maybe even as a group."
Early on during camp, junior Brian White took the lead in the race but James Cox earned more reps with the first-team following his strong scrimmage performance back on August 13th. Bernard Jackson has run third string offense since early on during camp.
During the two camp scrimmages, Cox has completed 14-of-29 passes for 198 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. White has connected of 12-of-23 pass attempts for 102 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Jackson accounted for 226 yards of total offense in the two scrums but most of that production was against the third team defense.
"We make a decision based on what we see," Helfrich added. "It's nothing more, nothing less. You've got to go with whatever guy that you think is the best for the situation. Does that mean that a few weeks from now that it will be evaluated? Sure it will be. But you don't go, 'Okay, if this play is not good, then you're jerked'. Because then you are defeating the whole purpose."
One thing is certain
the Buffs will not employ a two-quarterback system. "I've done it and I don't like it," head coach Dan Hawkins expressed. "When I first did it, I talked to a bunch of coaches that had done it and I got mixed reviews. Although it seems like the simplest way to solve it, inn the long term, it's really not. The team need a guy, people need to know their roles.
"The number one [quarterback] needs to know that you have his back. That is a hard position to play and if you think the hook is right around the corner on you, that's hard because you think, 'I have to be perfect all the time or I'm not going to play'. It's just very difficult and I don't like it at all."
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