Which Quarterback Will Start?

One of the deepest spots on the West squad this year at the Army All-American Bowl is quarterback. Josh Freeman, Mitch Mustain and Jevan Snead began a three-way battle this morning to see who will start the game on Saturday and two of the trio have already separated themselves from the other.

Those players are Mustain and Snead.

Mitch Mustain is the #1 quarterback in the country according to Scout.com and he certainly seemed to enter practice today as the coach's favorite to start the ballgame. Mitch was picked as the lone player to lead stretches and break down the team before practice really kicked off. Once drills began, head coach Dick Olin also selected the Arkansas Gun Slinger to walk the team through their first looks at the offense they will be running this week.

When they finally picked up the footballs, Mustain showed what he was all about. He began the morning absolutely on fire and quickly separated himself from the competition with a barrage of pretty passes to California wideout David Ausberry as well as quick Texas product Ken Beasley.

While certainly not the biggest quarterback in attendance, Mustain makes up for his lack of physical stature with an overwhelming arm strength that seems to almost be effortless. His release is as quick as they come on the high school and he can spin the football as well as any player you'll find. He will provide an enormous amount of competition for anyone trying to unseat him at the top of the board in Texas this year.

Texas commitment Jevan Snead showed up in the Alamo City with a healthy reputation of his own as well. Already a household name here in the Lonestar State, Snead swapped his commitment from Florida to Texas back in the month of November. The 8th ranked QB in the country on Scout.com, Jevan is widely considered to be a signal caller that can get it done from the pocket as well as make a few plays with his feet if things break down. He has great size and is as tough as they come at the quarterback position.

Beginning early in the morning, Snead was on his game from the outset and he played at an extremely high level all day long. He does everything well and was the most consistent performer for the West squad all afternoon. Jevan can make every necessary throw and shows nice touch on short range passes to the backs in the flat.

Although Mustain and Snead appear to be already locked in a stiff battle for the starting job, Monday was only the first day of practice this week in San Antonio and anything could happen from this point out.

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