College Football 2012: Weekly Depth Chart Watch
Every Wednesday we talk a little depth chart happenings here at Your Best 11, and this week is no different.
Instead of looking for the hottest battles in this first week of April, we're going with the surprising contests.
We've got few unexpected battles for you this week, as guys who were thought to be up to start have found themselves in fights for their position.
Michigan State - Quarterback
Going into the spring we all figured that rising junior Andrew Maxwell was the heir to the Kirk Cousins throne in East Lansing. But, alas, a new challenger has emerged in red-shirt freshman Connor Cook.
Cook has not only looked strong, but elbowed his way into getting reps with the first team for Sparty.
Maxwell appears to have a fight on his hands.
Both quarterbacks are athletic and they fit into the offense well, now it becomes a matter of who can win the job over the course of spring.
We know the run game will be sound with Le'Veon Bell, so the spotlight is on finding a quarterback that can produce under pressure and be smart with the football. Dan Roushar has been impressed with both players thus far and we will have to keep an eye on this contest to see who pulls into a clear lead.
North Carolina - Quarterback
It is not every day that a kid who throws for over 3,000 yards is being pushed for the starting job, but at North Carolina, that's the situation.
Bryn Renner is still the tops on the depth chart, but Marquise Williams, the high school All-American who red-shirted for the Heels last season, is making a push for more reps with the ones.
Williams' rise is a product of the situation in North Carolina, as new coach Larry Fedora has opened all jobs up for competition.
Williams, a kid who was going to try and make himself into a pro-style quarterback under the old regime, is now excelling in the new spread look of Fedora and Blake Anderson.
Bryn Renner is a quality quarterback and, now that he is healthy, the Heels should have full use of his own athleticism in their attack.
Williams is a freakish athlete that was able to put up gaudy numbers in high school through the air and on the ground.
This new scheme fits his style a lot more than the pro scheme of John Shoop, and he is capitalizing on the opportunity.
Oregon - Quarterback
We told you a week before the Ducks started camp that the quarterback job was not as sewn up as the casual observer might have thought.
Red-shirt freshman Marcus Mariota is making his move for the Ducks, and as they head into the weekend this is a wide open job for the taking in Eugene.
Mariota is a talented kid from Hawaii and Bryan Bennett, the expected starter, will have to perform quite well to out-pace the red-shirt freshman.
Two athletic guys that are capable of leading this offense.
While we don't know how Mariota responds to pressure, we do know that both guys can get out and make big plays in space.
Chip Kelly will have to push his players to show what they can do in the fire, because replacing Darron Thomas is no small task.
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