How lucky are the Arizona State Sun Devils? For their upcoming 2012 season, they have not one, not two (I’m starting to feel like Lebron James here), but three quarterbacks with the ability to be the team’s starter when the Sun Devils take the field in their season opener against Northern Arizona on August 30.
Wait. The three competitors for the job in Mike Bercovici, Taylor Kelly and Michael Eubank have thrown a combined seven career passes at the college level. New head coach Todd Graham is implementing a new, albeit somewhat similar offense under new coordinator Mike Norvell. The offensive line lost three starters, including All-Pac-12 center Garth Gerhart.
Fact: the quarterback position will experience a drop-off in production with 2011 starter Brock Osweiler now a Denver Bronco after going in the second round of the draft in April. Having four of the top five wide receivers gone does not alleviate the pain either. While elite running back Cameron Marshall will be the focus of the offense in year one of the Graham era, whoever wins out at QB will still play a huge role in determining if Arizona State will be a Pac-12 bottom feeder or reach seven, maybe even eight wins.
Coach Graham has made it clear the position battle will not continue long after fall practice begins, so here’s a briefing on each member of the trio competing to be the Devils’ signal-caller.