New Huskies football coach Paul Pasqualoni said it a month ago, at the start of spring practice, and it doesn't sound like much has changed, one day away from the Blue-White Spring Game: the quarterback position is a four-man race that will probably "go right until the last minute in the fall."
While there hasn't yet been a resolution to the depth chart at quarterback, whoever ultimately wins the job should be an improvement over the inconsistent Zach Frazer. Frazer played in 17 games the last two seasons and completed just 53 percent of his passes during that time. He tossed just as many touchdowns (15) as interceptions.
During the 2010 season, Frazer saw his completion percentage drop to below 50 percent in December and January. And his fourth quarter completion percentage bottomed out at 45.1. Not the sort of QB that would fit into a UConn offense looking to enhance its down-field passing game.
But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves: it's difficult to build an offense without a signal caller. Which means that, for now, the Huskies are still searching for their offensive identity while they settle on a quarterback.
The Hartford Courant's Desmond Connor provides details:
[A quarterback who could beat you with his arm as well as his legs] seems like the most viable option since the Huskies don't yet know what they're going to get out of running back with a new starter coming in there, too.
The dual-threat QB can certainly take pressure off the tailback, a position UConn has relied on heavily in past years. With a new staff and new philosophy, the style of QB could really work in favor of the UConn offense because the program hasn't had a quarterback such as McCummings or Nebrich (one a drop-back passer, the other a dual threat).
Connor even wonders if the Huskies could go with a two-headed quarterback, "One as a prototype guy and the other as a dual threat, to really keep the defense off balance."
It's too early to rule anything out, and plenty of programs have had success rotating quarterbacks based on the situation. But Pasqualoni has four months to sort that out. For now though, the Huskies are preparing for the Blue-White game, which is scheduled for 5 p.m., Saturday.