WMU closer to naming a starter quarterback

With Western Michigan’s spring game coming up Saturday, coach Bill Cubit is nearing a decision on who will replace Tim Hiller at quarterback.

Redshirt sophomore Alex Carder has pushed ahead of Drew Burdi and Tyler VanTubbergen to become the frontrunner for the starting quarterback position heading into fall camp.

“Right now, if we had to play a game today, it would be Alex,” Cubit told the Kalamazoo Gazette after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m happy with him. I think he’s really doing a lot of good things as long as he doesn’t blow up on a play and it hurts you. Right now, I’m really happy with him.”

Carder and Burdi both spent time as Hiller’s backup last season, but as the year came to an end, Carder took a stranglehold on the spot and was the favorite to become starter heading into spring football.

Burdi, who has been in the program four years, has the most knowledge of the system, which has prompted Cubit to declare that the competition isn’t over and will continue into the fall. VanTubbergen has missed some practices with a shoulder strain and incoming freshmen Mike Perish and Zach Wynn also will have a chance to compete for the starting role.

“I think Alex has probably elevated his play to where we feel like he is potentially the starter,” Cubit said. “It’s not done yet, but he’s doing a lot of good things that we like. He’s physical. He’s really thrown the ball well. I think he has a better understanding of the offense, but could get better.”