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UCONN Starting QB Battle Begins in Spring Practice, a Fan’s View
The University of Connecticut begins spring practice on March 20. The practice session ends on April 21 with the annual blue white game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. For the second year in a row there will be a battle for the starting quarterback position. Last year the competition carried into the fall with Johnny McEntee finally winning the job. After an up and down year, the first year starter didn't do enough to secure the job for the upcoming season. So, the battle begins again with two new players joining in the mix.
Last years' starter finished the season with 172 completions in 335 attempts for 2110 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. I'd be surprised if the senior holds on to the starting job this year.
Scott McCummings saw action in several games last year in the Huskies wildcat package. The sophomore will likely see more playing time this season, coaches like his athleticism. While he probably won't win the starting job, McCummings will continue to make contributions to the offense.
As a freshman last year, Michael Nebrich found it difficult to get on the field. This year with increased competition his job will be even more difficult. If he doesn't win the starting job, I wouldn't be surprised to see Nebrich transfer to a school where he'd have an opportunity to start immediately.
A Connecticut native, Cochran can be the savior for the UCONN Huskies football program. The highly decorated quarterback from Monroe, Connecticut was a standout for Masuk High School.
A two time Gatorade Player of the Year, Cochran is capable of starting as a freshman for UCONN, he's that good.
Chandler Whitmer joins Cochran as the new face in the Huskies quarterback battle. The transfer student from Georgia comes to Connecticut via Butler County Community College. Originally a member of the Illinois Fighting Illini, Whitmer left the school when he didn't win the starting job. After finishing his first year at Butler with 3022 yards and 25 touchdowns and an Honorable Mention All-American, it's easy to see why Connecticut was so eager to sign the young QB. With his experience Whitmer seems the early front runner.
While the quarterback position remains an unknown, as a UCONN fan it's exciting to see the increased competition. For Connecticut to improve and return to a bowl game, they have to get better play by their quarterback. After a lackluster performance by the QB's in the 2011 blue white spring game, I expect better performances this year.
A lifetime Connecticut resident and avid football fan, Vonda Menard was excited when the UCONN Huskies moved up to Division I football. She enjoys attending games with her two sons.
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