Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:46 AM by Derek Buerkle - KPAX Sports
Updated: Aug 9, 2012 9:50 AM
MISSOULA- The maroon and silver are back practicing at Montana, but the guys wearing black are getting most of the attention. The Grizzlies will experience a wide open quarterback battle this fall as none of the four signal callers have completed a pass in a college game.
Sophomore Shay Smithwick-Hann is lining up with the first team while redshirt freshman Trent McKinney is getting plenty of snaps. Meanwhile, the two newcomers are learning on the fly- true freshman Brady Gustafson and freshman transfer from Stanford Adam Brzezcek.
Coach Mick Delaney says they'll use all fall camp to pick a starter if they need to, but he also needs the youngsters to grow up in a hurry.
"They're in a position that they've never ever been in before. But you know, there was some real plusses yesterday with all four of them. Obviously there's a lot of work to do. You know, my patience isn't great. But I told them they were young until 2:30 yesterday and then they have to be old," Delaney said Wednesday.
"It is completely open. It's you know, go out there. Do your best to compete. And learn as much as you can as fast as you can. It makes it kind of even. You know, takes pressure off of all of us knowing that we're all at the same level. We're all competing against each other, and it brings out the best competition in all of us," McKinney commented.
New offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach is installing an offense featuring many short passes and screens, which should take some pressure off whoever earns the starting quarterback job.