During the 2015-2016 football season East Carolina had many decisions to make regarding the quarterback position. Right before the season began the supposed to be starter suffered a season ending injury. The Pirates were then left with Blake Kemp a pocket passer and James Summers a scrambler.
Kemp started most of the season passing for over 2,000 yards and led the team through a few close games. Eventually when he began to lose the turnover battle to opposing teams a change was needed.
Summers who transferred from a junior college rejuvenated the offense for the Pirates mid-way through the season. With his scrambling ability, Summers made his way to the 2nd leading rusher on the team with 446 yards and eight touchdowns.
Heading into this season East Carolina has five quarterbacks on the roster, all hoping to take over the starting job. A key player to watch this year who may even be the starter is recently red-shirted freshman John Jacobs. He is a quarterback out of Shawnee, Oklahoma who had a tremendous senior season getting him on ECU's radar. In Jacob's senior campaign he passed for 2,356 yards and 22 touchdowns, while also rushing for 853 yards and 10 more scores.
Another player that may have a shot at the job is Gardener Minshew. After high school he attended a Junior college and helped lead his team to then NJCAA National Championship. In Minshew's freshman season he threw for 3,288 yards with 28 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
As of now the favorite to start this fall looks to be walk-on transfer from Rutgers Philip Nelson. He has much to prove after having a good year at Minnesota leading them to a bowl game in 2013. Like Jacobs, Nelson is a threat through the air and on the ground. He has the most experience out of all the quarterbacks on the roster to handle a team of this magnitude.
With all of the talent on the team Head Coach Scottie Montgomery will have to determine who is best fit for the role of QB1. Come September 3rd against Western Carolina the new starter for the Pirates will be unveiled.