Army, Akron search for starting quarterbacks

Looks like Army isn't the only one with a heated battle for the starting quarterback job. While Carson Williams and David Pevoto battle for the job at West Point, Carlton Jackson and Chris Jacquemain are waging a spirited fight at Akron. Army takes on Akron in its season-opener on Sept. 1 in Cleveland.

Pevoto appears to be a step ahead of Williams in Army's race. He completed 18-of-24 passes for 190 yards with one interception in the Black Knights' first scrimmage. Williams completed 9-of-12 passes for 41 yards.

The Akron race seems a lot more tighter.

Jacquemain and Jackson combined to complete 30-of-45 passes for 341 yards in the Zips' first scrimmage, but Akron coach J.D. Brookhart had some concerns.

"I was pleased with the progress of our offense, but we still have some concerns," Brookhart said. "Chris and Carlton both had good numbers, but are still making some decisions to put us in difficult situations. The offense also had too many penalties and turnovers. We have to be more protective of the football. I was disappointed with the first team defense. They are a veteran group. That may have been a negative today because they might have thought they could just show up and get it done."

Sounds like Army and Akron are similar. Turnovers could play a big part in the season-opening match-up.

Now the question remains: Who will be leading each offense? Jacquemain was 14-of-22 for 168 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the scrimmage. Jackson completed 16-of-23 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

Judging by those stats, Akron has more depth than Army. The graduation of standout Luke Getsy left Brookhart with a huge void to fill. Jackson, a sophomore, served as Getsy's back up last season.

But he only played in one game. Jacquemain is also a sophomore and freshman Matt Rodgers is also a quarterback to watch. Rodgers moved up to third on the depth chart when Sean Hakes left the team.

Brookhart hoped to name a starter after the first week of practice. That didn't happen. But time is running out on Akron and Army. Who is the QB gonna be?

Extra points: Akron senior cornerback Davanzo Tate, a transfer from West Virginia, is having a great camp for the Zips ... Sophomore running back Alex Allen, who missed all of last year with a knee injury, is in camp and running good. Allen, who rushed for 2,455 yards as a senior at Youngstown Ursuline High, is part of a deep Akron backfield that includes Dennis Kennedy, who rushed for 914 yards in 2006.


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