It’s no secret that Beamer and Loeffler are stressed over finding a new starting quarterback.
Recent developments in the quarterback competition have made it particularly clear that nothing is close to being settled.
Redshirt senior Mark Leal was proclaimed by Beamer as the top candidate to take the reins before spring practice began, but that doesn’t seem to be the case any more.
Leal sat out the second scrimmage with a knee injury, which opened the door for Brenden Motley. The redshirt sophomore has impressed the staff enough to vault to the top of the depth chart.
Motley certainly seemed to have a command of the offense, completing 12 of 20 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, but his sudden elevation is a sharp departure from everything the staff has said so far.
Loeffler frequently trusted him to run the offense without huddling during the scrimmage, and gave him the chance to run the read-option six different times.
Beamer announced after the scrimmage that Leal’s injury wasn’t that serious, saying that he “just tweaked (his knee) a little bit yesterday,” which doesn't make his demotion seem like it is based on health.
Instead, Loeffler sounded as if Leal needed every rep possible, and that his absence has been a real concern in the competition:
Whenever you’re in a competitive atmosphere and every rep counts, every day counts. I think it’s critical that every chance you can you get out there. Obviously, that injury kept him out (for the scrimmage) but he needs to rehab and get back out here.
Whatever the exact reason why Motley has jumped Leal, it’s clear that Loeffler is looking for something different at the position.
Obviously, things will change completely once freshman Chris Durkin and Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer arrive in town this summer, but for now, the coaches are looking for someone to step up and seize the job.
Motley could’ve easily slipped out of the competition had he not made an impression, but now it seems like Leal could be the one to fall out of the mix. Andrew Ford seems headed for a redshirt, but if Motley can continue to play well, he’ll likely be the main candidate to compete with the newcomers.
But for Beamer and his staff, with spring workouts soon to be complete, the constant changes have got to be concerning.