BOCA RATON, FL (Sun-Sentinel.com) - And then one became two became three…
OK, spring football is in the books, and Owl Country's biggest question, Who Will Be Starting QB? Did not get cleared up.
In fact, Howard Schnellenberger made sure that everyone knows it is even more up in the air than had been expected.
Graham Wilbert had the best stats going into the Spring Game, but then he got hurt early Saturday, though he was 6-of-9 for 56 yards.
That opened the door for David Kooi to get more reps, and he had his best showing of the spring (12-of-20 for 148 yards and 1 TD).
Here is what Schnellenberger had to say: "With Graham going down with his finger, obviously it puts all decisions on hold. Not because of the injury, but because Kooi, getting more opportunities, took advantage and got better as the scrimmage went along. So it is needless for us to talk about who is number one for a long time. I am not going to talk about it in the summer."
You can parse that anyway you want.
What I hear is that Schnellenberger was not going to announce a decision at this point anyway, and the injury gave him a perfect excuse to put it off until August, and probably down to the point where they begin final prep for the Sept. 3 opener, meaning about 10 days before that.
This was going to extend to August no matter what happened this spring. Why make a decision now? The loser could decide to transfer. This way you ensure both work their butts off in the offseason and neither looks for another place to play.
He said he had been impressed with redshirt freshman Nick Bracewell (8-of-12 for 66 yards), and that Bracewell was now in the hunt.
Schnellenberger didn't just hint that, he paused in the press conference and made sure the reporters had understood what he had just said: "That this is a contest between three quarterbacks, rather than two quarterbacks."
And when asked about Stephen Curtis, the other redshirt freshmen, The Voice had this to say: "Where the other boy had gotten better he hasn't kept pace." Ouch.
So, there you have it. The spring eliminated one QB candidate.