Post Spring Evals: QB's

Spring has sprung and spring football has come and gone. Some questions have been answered, while others have been raised. We take our first post spring look at the quarterbacks.

So the big question for the group as a whole was how well they could learn the offense. The quick answer is, very well. Offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes was pleasantly surprise with just how much of the offense was implemented.

Most eyes were on Willie Tuitama. After an injury plagued season and an off-field incident, fans wondered how the junior-to-be would look.

In the end he had a good, if not a great spring. He learned the offense very quickly and showed an ability to move the team. The long ball did not look great in the two spring scrimmages. He does not look 100% comfortable with the quick drops, but his arm strength seems tailor made for the spread.

What was interesting is some of the inconsistencies with Tuitama in the spring. All of his interceptions occurred when he locked in on a target and tried to force the ball into coverage. When he was at his most successful he was looking off receivers and moving the ball around.

Stepping Up: Tyler Lyon eased everyone's fears about the back-up quarterback spot. He had a very solid spring and really seems to have picked up the offense. He made good throws and showed some of the mobility that he was known for in high school.

Pleasant Surprise: Kris Heavner had a solid spring as well. Although he will start the fall as the third quarterback, but like Lyon, he looks like he can see the field and not hurt the team. His arm strength was no surprise, but his comfort level in the scheme was nice to see.

On His Way: Bryson Beirne. The freshman quarterback from Hawaii spent his spring break watching the first week of spring camp and then came back out for the spring game. He claims to have learned most of the offense already and wants to be in the thick of the battle for playing time next fall.

Question For The Fall: Just how consistent can Tuitama be in the offense? Tuitama either looked very good, or very average in the offense. The Cats need to put up points next year and that pressure falls on Tuitama.

Final Thought: Although many felt that Lyon looked better in the two scrimmages it must be noted that Tuitama was the only quarterback to throw a touchdown pass and threw all three against the first team defense. He was easily the best quarterback in the redzone, but was still more inconsistent than the team needs him to be.

Scrimmage Stats:

Willie Tuitama 46-70-347 3 td, 3 int
Kris Heavner 17-26-168
Tyler Lyon 21-31-114 1 int

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