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2013 football position by position: quarterbacks

August 19, 2013

As we’re just weeks away from the start of the football season, it’s time to take a detailed position-by-position look at the 2013 EMU football team. This is our time to refresh our memory about returning players, and learn a little about the new faces.

Tyler Benz is EMU's only experienced quarterback. Photo by Kenneth Bailey.

Tyler Benz is EMU’s only returning letter-winner at quarterback. Photo by Kenneth Bailey.

Presumptive starter: Tyler Benz, junior.

Given that Benz started the final nine games of 2012, and that he is, in fact, the only returning letter-winner at quarterback, and given further that Ron English has shown a strong propensity to favor more-experienced players, it’s a good bet that the starting spot is Benz’s to lose.

The question here is how much things will change with Stan Parrish as the new offensive coordinator. If Parrish is installing a substantially different offense from what Ken Karcher ran last year, that experience may not be worth quite as much.

Backups: Mark Iannotti, redshirt sophomore; Brogan Roback, freshman; Brandon Bossard, freshman; Reggie Bell, freshman.

Benz is going to face some stiff competition, particularly from the three freshmen. Brogan Roback, of course, is one of the highest rated high school athletes ever to sign with EMU football (Rivals and Scout rated him a four-star recruit, with Scout ranking him as the #31 quarterback of this year’s class), while Bossard is also considered a solid “get” and reputed to be both a smart kid and a very hard worker. If Bossard is EMU’s “other” quarterback recruit, Reggie Bell is the other “other”, but in addition to being a decent passer, Bell’s proven that he’s got some serious speed; if he gets stuck too far down the quarterback depth chart, it’s possible he might try his hand at running back or receiver.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    August 20, 2013 9:44 am

    Dear cmadler,
    My greatest concern is to see Eastern have a passing game. The problem with Eastern’s offense under Karcher was it was one dimensional… run. That was probably and partially due to the fact of not having someone able to throw the ball very well. That is one of my criticisms of Coach English, not recognizing that Alex Gillett, should not have been the starter for so long. Tyler Benz should have been playing long before last season. That’s why I also think the quarterback position can be wide open with the talent that is available. Certainly, experience is a preference, but not necessarily at this point.

    • cmadler permalink*
      August 20, 2013 9:59 am

      My point was less that experience SHOULD be a big factor than that, based on Ron English’s track record, experience WILL be a big factor.

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