Candidates: Ashton Glaser, Corbin Berkstresser, Jimmy Costello
With sophomore James Franklin locked in as the starting quarterback, the intrigue turns now to the backup quarterback position, where three players at very different points in their college careers will fight for the No. 2 spot.
Redshirt sophomore Ashton Glaser finds himself at a crossroads. He's been with the team for three seasons, buried on the depth chart. Glaser's never seen game action and was quickly passed up by young players like James Franklin and the now-departed Tyler Gabbert this past spring.
Glaser looked shaky in spring practices, but he does have good mobility and option skills. He's a scholarship quarterback who has to make a stand now if he ever wants to be in the two-deep.
His biggest challenger will be incoming freshman Corbin Berkstresser. Berkstresser is a 3-star prospect and the top quarterback from the state of Missouri from the class of 2011. He's been impressing early in fall camp, taking a lot of repetitions with the second-team offense.
Berkstresser is the biggest quarterback (6'3", 225 lbs) with arguably the strongest arm of the group. The more camp progresses, the more it appears that Berkstresser is the top player suited for the No. 2 role.
Last but not least is senior walk-on Jimmy Costello. He retired from the team following the 2010 season, but was asked to come back following the transfer of Gabbert to add depth to the position.
His main role will be mentoring Franklin in the team's offense, but that may make him the best man to back him up and save Berkstresser's redshirt for 2011.
My prediction is that Corbin Berkstresser wins the role at the end of fall practices.