The Big East is a league filled with veteran quarterbacks in 2011. There are just two quarterback battles to watch:
UConn. If you are unaware of the situation facing the Huskies, then you took a nice, long nap all spring and summer. Zach Frazer is gone, and four players are competing for the starting job: freshman Michael Nebrich, sophomore Michael Box, redshirt freshman Scott McCummings and junior Johnny McEntee. Nobody separated following a wet and dreary spring game, so coach Paul Pasqualoni is still waiting on someone to step up -- the sooner, the better.
Box is the only player among them who has thrown a collegiate pass. McCummings is a dual-threat quarterback who passed for more than 2,000 yards and ran for 1,000 yards in high school. Nebrich enrolled early and participated in spring practice. Another dual-threat player, Nebrich broke the Virginia state high school record for all-purpose yards with 4,968 and also scored 59 touchdowns in his senior season. McEntee is best known for his trick-shot videos on YouTube. Pasqualoni has not said who has an edge. The depth chart lists no starter. So now we just play a waiting game.
Louisville. Will Stein goes into the season as the starter, but the Cardinals also want to play true freshman Teddy Bridgewater, a five-star dual-threat quarterback who was in for spring. They are not so much battling for the starting job on opening day, but if Bridgewater is able to play well in games, perhaps he can contend to eventually be the starter. "Will’s going to start off and Teddy’s going to get a chance to play. He’s just got to develop. He’s still learning -- he’s only a freshman. He hasn’t seen much. The only thing he’s really seen is practice," coach Charlie Strong said.