Camp Watch: Quarterbacks

Fall camp is just days away and there are a ton of storylines that will be followed. Some will be answered in camp, while others will have to wait until the start of the season. We'll take a position by position look at the stories we will be paying attention to. We start with quarterback.

17   Beirne, Bryson QB  6-3  214  Fr.  Honolulu, Hawai'i (Mid-Pacific) 
16 Bevell, Jimmy QB    6-1  185  Fr.  Scottsdale, Ariz. (Arcadia High School) 
3 Donaldson, Jimmy QB    6-1  205  So.  Palm Springs, Calif. (Desert Chapel HS) 
15 Sanders, John QB    6-1  205  RFr.  Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro High School) 
13 Heavner, Kris QB    6-3  218  Sr.  Johnson City, Texas (Lyndon B. Johnson) 
12 Lyon, Tyler QB    6-5  215  RFr.  Newhall, Calif. (Hart High School) 
7 Tuitama, Willie QB     6-3  206  Jr.  Stockton, Calif. (St. Mary's) 

How well do they know the offense?

By all accounts the players have really learned a lot of the offense, but exactly how well have they mastered it. We saw the offense move the ball effectively in the spring scrimmages, but they appeared to be fairly conservative in their approach. Is this truly the offense or just the first portion of the playbook?

As there are more public opportunities to see the offense in the fall than the spring, we should get a better feel for what the offense is supposed to look like and just how well the quarterbacks are progressing in the scheme.

Battle for No. 2

Tyler Lyon was No. 2 in the spring but word is that senior Kris Heavner has made real strides over the summer. Heavner's strong arm and quick release could be good in the offense. He was best when he was asked to make quick throws and not sit in the pocket, so that could benefit him. Lyon is a smart player, who is also surprisingly mobile.

How healthy is Willie Tuitama?

Okay, we know he's been cleared to play for months, but he's been injury prone. Not only has he suffered the two concussions but he's hurt his shoulder, ribs, leg and thumb in his two seasons. Last year many speculated that he played too heavy last season and he was lighter during the spring. Considering that Tuitama will almost assuredly not take a hit all fall, we really won't get an answer to this question until the season begins.

Things to look for:

*Who gets the most snaps behind Tuitama.

*How Tuitama looks. Does he look lean like the spring or bulkier like he did last fall?

*The deep ball. Tuitama had some issues when trying to throw the deep ball out of the three-step drop.


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