Heavner gets the nod

Arizona has named a top quarterback for the rest of spring. Mike Canales announced before Tuesday's practice that Sophomore Kris Heavner gets the nod in the four man race to be the Wildcats' starting quarterback for the 2004 season.

Heavner is not guaranteed to get the start against Northern Arizona in September, but he will get the majority of the reps to conclude spring practice. Canales said he wants to see how Heavner responds to the extra work.

According to Canales, the decision was tough but Heavner got the nod because of his experience and the way he has moved the ball in scrimmages. Heavner has the strongest arm and with his strength is very adept at avoiding the sack.

As a true freshman he started the last eight games last season, passing for 1,501 yards, eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Things are not over for the other three quarterbacks. Heavner has not one the job outright, but it is his to lose at this point. Canales said that no No. 2 quarterback had been named. He did mention that he had the second guy in mind, but that he wanted to see how the other three responded. He wants to see who steps up and who sulks.

Speculation has already raged about the prospect of a player transferring or changing positions, but as of now that has not happened. Speedy Nic Costa is a player a lot of fans have thought could move positions, possibly to defense, but as of now that is not in the cards.

"He better not be," Canales said of Costa moving to the other side of the ball.

Canales understands what his charges are going through. He told the players that he has been on both sides of the fence, so he can relate personally to both the joy of being named a starter and the disappointment of being named a back-up.

Cat Tracks will be speaking to all of the quarterbacks and the coaches involved, so check back for more on the story.

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