Mailbag April 10: Will QB Play Be Same, Little Better, Substantially Better Or Worse In 2012?

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Q: I get that we will have to be patient about who will be our new QB. I’ve read your reports and I’m glad to hear that everyone is competing. The play at quarterback was a weakness last year. Do you think that the play at QB this year will be the same, a little better, substantially better or worse? Given the skills that players are showing, do think we’ll be running the same packages with a passing QB and a wildcat QB? Again, I know it is too soon to say definitively, but I’d like to hear your impressions so far, and thanks for the great coverage – Bob, New Jersey


A:Thanks Bob. The QB race itself? You would like to see a guy emerge from the pack probably around now. From what I’ve seen to this point no one is head and shoulders above the other in the competition right now. That being said the position, I think, will be significantly upgraded because the three guys who played QB last year have improved quite a bit, in their own way. Johnny McEntee is slimmer and making good decisions with the ball and that’s big for him. Say what you want about last season, the kid looks good. Before Scott McCummings got hurt you saw him growing in a growing package and Michael Nebrich is just doing everything better, footwork is fantastic and he’s putting the ball on the money and they’re sizzling when they come. Chandler Whitmer has been through the fire at the JC level. I think he may have a slight edge. That’s my opinion. And Casey Cochran, the talent he possess with accuracy, arm strength, etc., is going to be a special player here before he leaves. I think the team has pieces to allow it too many things. I don’t think the staff is married to doing everything exactly the same as last year offensively…. I think you’ll see an offense more capable of scoring a lot of points.

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5 thoughts on “Mailbag April 10: Will QB Play Be Same, Little Better, Substantially Better Or Worse In 2012?

    1. dconner Post author

      UConn sophomore quarterback Scott McCummings, a wildcat-type quarterback for the Huskies in 2011, will likely have more of a variety of plays at his disposal in 2012. We’ll term it this way from now on.

      1. Steve-CT

        Come on, do it the old way, I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets a good chuckle out of that…

      2. RST

        Hope they make sure that whoever is doing the snaps in the wildcat can get the ball somewhere between the knees and eye level. None of this barking the QB’s shins with the ball or over the QB’s head like last year. Doesn’t seem like a lot to ask unless you consider the pressure.

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