Continuing the Georgia State football A-to-Z series:
Q is for quarterbacks
If you haven’t heard, Georgia State must replace two-year starting quarterback Nick Arbuckle.
He passed for more than 4,300 yards as a senior, led the Panthers to their first bowl game, and was named the conference’s player of the year.
So, no pressure for the next guy.
The three competitors are redshirt sophomore Emiere Scaife, redshirt freshman Aaron Winchester, and redshirt junior Conner Manning, who transferred from Utah.
Though Scaife and Manning have taken a few snaps in games, neither got enough to give any indication of their ability to read defenses, change protection calls, audible plays, consistently in a game.
However, each of the three had moments during the spring games.
Winchester may have passed the eye test with the highest grades in the spring game after leading the white team to four touchdowns, but he also wasn’t playing the first-string defense. Winchester completed 9-of-16 passes for 167 yards. He had four carries for 24 yards against a defense that wasn’t allowed to blitz.
Manning completed 11-of-21 passes for 82 yards. Scaife completed 5-of-10 for 72 yards.
Miles said the starter won’t be named until shortly before the game.
In my experience, if a coach waits and waits to name a starter it has typically meant he wasn’t happy with any of the players in the competition. But it’s not true all of the time.
Each has their strengths:
Scaife has the best arm, is the strongest and has the most experience in offensive coordinator Luke Huard’s system;
Winchester is the best runner and I believe spent the most time with Arbuckle last year;
Manning has the pedigree of being a quarterback at a BCS school. He also seems really, really calm in practices and games. Not to say the others aren’t, but he seems very relaxed.
The winner(s) will benefit from an experienced group of wide receivers, as well as several starters and others who played last year. The running backs could go six deep.
Lastly, the quarterback’s security blanket, the tight end, is all-conference performer Keith Rucker and up-and-comer Ari Werts.
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