Fall Practice Preview: Quarterbacks

We next preview the quarterback position heading into fall practices later this week. Most of the intrigue surrounding this position was resolved during this past spring, with Max Hall being named the starter after practices came to a close. Some stories are left to be unfolded, however, as fall practices are set to begin.

Max Hall (6-1, 200 So.) is your starter at quarterback heading into fall practices, as he grabbed the starting job at the close of spring. His expected backup Cade Cooper has since transferred, leading to three main candidates to vie for the backup role as fall practices are set to start.

Max Hall

As mentioned, the starting job is Max Hall's, as he gained the confidence of the Cougar coaching staff and his teammates this past spring. Hall had a productive spring, but has to make similar strides this coming fall if he's to sniff the productivity put forth by John Beck a season ago.

The development of Hall will likely be the main story surrounding the quarterback spot this fall. Breaking in a new quarterback isn't an easy task and Hall's development this fall will be central in determining what the team's success will be this season. Matching John Beck's production from a year ago may be out of the question, but Hall has shown the potential to be productive in his initial season as BYU's starting quarterback.

Battle for Backup

The backup spot was to be assumed by junior college transfer Cade Cooper, until a season-ending injury prompted him to look elsewhere for playing time in the future. With Cooper's injury entered Brendan Gaskins (6-5, 220 So.), who saw significant playing time this past spring game due to Cooper's injury and opened the eyes of all in attendance.

Gaskins' reps were somewhat limited this past spring, but when called upon, Gaskins answered the bell, indicating some security behind Hall this coming season. We'll be looking to see if Gaskins can improve upon his spring game performance while securing the backup role for the 2007 season.

James Lark (6-3, 200 Fr.) has recovered from his knee injury and will be playing out this year before leaving for his planned mission this January. Lark hasn't been able to do much since he arrived in Provo due to the aforementioned injury to his knee, but should get plenty of reps this fall practice session when he'll compete with Gaskins for the backup spot.

Other quarterbacks in the mix who will be providing depth include Kurt McCuen (6-2, 205 So.) and Sam Doman (6-4, 228 Fr.).

True Freshman

Incoming freshman Jason Munns (6-5, 220) will add a lot of intrigue to fall practices. Munns was the sole quarterback signee from a year ago and will be getting his share of reps this fall to show what he can bring to the table for the immediate or not-so-immediate future.

Bottom Line

With no playing experience among them, this year's crop of quarterbacks will have their work cut out for them to show even close to the production from the quarterback spot a season ago. That said, the crop of QBs is promising, and Hall showed this past spring that he is very able, and he should continue on that line this fall.

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