And no, there's no quarterback controversy involving Charlie Whitehurst.
This "battle" actually involves the back up quarterback position, where redshirt freshmen Cullen Harper and Tribble Reese will try to unseat junior signal caller Will Proctor.
Proctor appeared in limited action last season, attempting just three passes in mop up duty. And now, with his redshirt junior season quickly approaching, spring practice becomes as important as it ever has for the Florida native.
Because this spring will begin the battle for the starting quarterback position next year. With Charlie Whitehurst entering his fifth year in the program, the 2006 season will see a new quarterback control the Tigers' offense for the first time since the middle of the 2002 season.
That means that if Proctor is going to make a move to claim that starting position, he'll have to do it this spring.
Of course, it won't be easy. The Tigers signed two talented quarterbacks in the 2004 class in Alabama native Tribble Reese and Georgia's Cullen Harper. And the truth is, we know very little about both players, as both redshirted last year and were designated primarily to scout team duties.
We do know that both quarterbacks offer a tall presence in the pocket, decent mobility, and both have strong arms, but neither has had to perform in the spotlight.
In addition, there's also the Rob Spence factor.
Clemson's new offensive coordinator has been evaluating each player individually over the course of the last few weeks, and it stands to reason that he will give each player on the team a fresh start during spring practice.
So what will Spence be looking for this spring?
For starters, look back to what he had at Toledo. In each of his four years as the offensive coordinator there, the Rockets' starting quarterback ranked in at least the top 16 in the nation in passing efficiency.
In addition, Spence has made no secret about his goal of a 70% completion percentage for his starting signal caller.
Spence wants accuracy, he also wants good decision making, and of course, he wants points on the board.
Whichever one of these three quarterbacks can do those things the best this spring, will likely nail down the back up quarterback position, not to mention get a jump start on the starting spot next year.
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