College Football 2012: Weekly Depth Chart Watch
There has not been much for major developments on the depth chart side of things in the last week. Teams like Alabama and Georgia are ready for the season, and they are just filling in names on defense out of capable ball players. USC knows who their trigger man will be at the quarterback spot. Michigan is saddling up for another year of riding Denard Robinson.
However, there is a bit of news at the quarterback spot that is quite noticeable for teams that have a lot at stake. Starting with a Texas A&M squad that is in the middle of spring ball, we can see a lot of uncertainty at the quarterback spot. New conference, new coaching staff and now no real answer at the quarterback spot.
This is not the ever popular two horse race in College Station. No, the Aggies have four guys vying for the starting quarterback spot. Jameill Showers, Johnny Manziel, Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis are all competing for the job, and each is showing inconsistencies.
Throwing the ball away has been a sticking point for Kevin Sumlin and his offensive coordinator Kliff Kinsbury; with this move to the SEC, they are harking on that point. Throwing the ball into tight windows, in an effort to make something happen, is a recipe for disaster against tough defenses like Alabama and LSU. The Aggies have six practice dates left until their spring game so we'll see how this shakes itself out.
Another team with a quarterback issue is Auburn. Yes, Kiehl Frazier got the start in the spring game and went 7 for 9 in the contest. However, the man who started six games last season, Clint Moseley is not out of the race. Moseley was not able to truly compete in the spring and that means Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler are carrying the battle through the summer and into the fall. This will be interesting as the quarterback spot was by far the worst part of the Tigers' 2011 season.
Like Texas A&M, the Michigan State Spartans have their spring game approaching on April 18. Andrew Maxwell was expected to be the go-to guy for the Spartans, until he got injured. Now redshirt freshman Connor Cook is the man getting the bulk of the reps. Cook is talented but he lacks the experience that Maxwell gained in backing up Kirk Cousins. If Maxwell is not healthy, then Cook will be the starter in 10 days for the spring contest and we'll get a chance to see what sort of progress the freshman has made in directing the offense.
Now, in news of the intriguing, we have Arizona. The Wildcats just wrapped up spring ball in front of almost 5,000 fans but they still don't actually have an answer at the quarterback spot. As Michigan State battles having just one scholarship quarterback, the Wildcats worked through spring with seven young men vying for the top spot.
Things narrowed a bit, and it looks like Matt Scott and converted wide receiver Richard Morrison are in the lead for the job. Rich Rod needs his quarterback in a bad way to make the system go; we saw in his first year at Michigan what an inept quarterback can turn his high powered machine into.
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