JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In the past few days of Arkansas State Fall football practice, it's been evident that Arkansas State redshirt freshman Quarterback James Tabary has been getting a majority of the second team snaps.
Heading into fall camp, it was figured that it would be a two-man race to be the back-up quarterback behind starter Fredi Knighten. Cameron Birse is a redshirt sophomore, he along with Tabary, expected to battle it out for the second position on the depth chart.
In Saturday's scrimmage, Tabary worked out with the second team for most reps and was overall successful, throwing a touchdown pass and making minimal mistakes. After the scrimmage, Head Coach Blake Anderson was asked if his number two had been found, his answer was that Tabary had the upper hand. "If we played today he (Tabary) would be," said Anderson.
He did want to make sure that everyone understood, this battle is by no means over. "Now, the competition is still open but in the first week of practice he displayed more of what we needed," Anderson added, "Cam knows that, Tabary knows that and it's time now to see what the two do with it."
Arkansas State still has plenty of time to sort out the depth chart but it should provide an interesting dynamic to see if Tabary holds the second spot or if Birse battles back.
Arkansas State will hold fall practices on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:00 am.