Countdown Until Spring: Quarterbacks

Spring Ball is rapidly approaching and it is time to start thinking about how the UA football team shapes up heading into the spring. We'll start with the quarterback, possibly the one position without a battle.

1. Willie Tuitama, So.
2. Adam Austin, Sr.
3. Kris Heavner, Jr.

PLAYERS LOST: Richard Kovalcheck (left team)

2005 STATS

Player Att Comp YDS TD INT
Tuitama 142 82 1105 9 5
Austin 5 3 32 0 0

LAST YEAR: The Wildcats got solid play from starter Richard Kovalcheck early in the season, but did not have the wins to show for it. He had a crushing interception in the opener against Utah and had bad outings against Cal and Stanford. The Cats found themselves down early against Oregon and the decision to pull Tuitama's redshirt was made. Tuitama led the Cats back in the game only to lose on a late fumble, but that was enough for Tuitama to win the job.

THIS YEAR: It would be a huge shocker if Tuitama did not keep the job. It would take a massive collapse combined with a shocking performance from a back-up to shake up the depth chart. Tuitama is seen as the present and the future of this program.

What spring ball will be used for is getting Tuitama more experience in the offense and getting him more polished. This is the first time that he can get the bulk of the snaps without having to worry about game preparation.

The most interesting aspect will be Austin vs. Heavner for the back-up job. Austin comes in with the edge, but Heavner will have every opportunity to win the spot. Austin has the better grasp of the offense, and frankly a better feel for the game, but Heavner haws more physical gifts.

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