None of them earned the starting spot in the spring and now they enter the fall with something to battle for. Although game one will be a tune-up and test of sorts for whichever atlas earns the starting nod, Fitzgerald knows that the non-conference schedule is important for the entire season and program.
"The league is perceived by who you play non conference and win. If you look at the big ten you have four weeks of that and an evaluation of where you stack up. Then you go through the gauntlet and do it again with bowl games. For example, were playing two power five teams in Duke and Stanford. If things are going great and we have a good nonconf schedule then you are the ‘conference to beat’ — I am a little jealous of you guys, you get to watch it unfold. Thats what makes college football special," Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald and the coaching staff have what they call a 'blueprint' to get from three quarterbacks to one -- and ScoutNow breaks it down here.