A Look into the Class of 2004: Quarterbacks

With signing day, fast approaching, BigBlueNation has put together a position-by-position status for the 2004 Recruiting Class and the future of UK Football.

First up for evaluation is perhaps the most important man on the field; the Quarterbacks.

Heading into the third weekend in January, it's almost become a guarantee that the Wildcats are going to get a commitment from Brian Brohm or Antonio Hefner. Hefner is almost a shoe-in to accept the scholarship, if indeed he makes his visit to Lexington on the 23rd with the offer still in hand. Hefner, out of Melrose (HS) in Memphis (TN), has all the tools necessary to make this offense extremely explosive in the future. He possesses a tremendous arm (65 yards+) and tremendous feet. He does not throw the ball particular well on the move, but can make any pass in the book when he sets up. His throwing technique needs some adjustments, as does his footwork, but he is a play maker who is truly blessed.

Brian Brohm has already got the technique and skills to start as a true freshmen at a major conference. He moves real well in the pocket and has a terrific sense of "feeling the rush." He has got the cannon for the arm and the heart of a lion, but perhaps his most important quality is his ability to lead. He refuses to lose and would bring an unbelievably positive attitude to UK. His addition would not only speed up the process in UK becoming an SEC contender, but also help make a believer out of anti-Brooks crowd.

Dustin Grutza is another quarterback who has a scholarship with UK. Grutza has been offered the opportunity to grey shirt and from all indications, after visiting, should accept. The staff has not been shy about their interest in Dustin, attending many games and staying in touch throughout the season. Grutza has got great foot work for his age and a decent arm. He just needs a red-shirt year to develop further as a player. His addition to the class would solidify our depth at quarterback for years to come.

Analysis: UK fans can choose to be worried about a lot of things, but the quarterback position is not one of them. Regardless of what happens this weekend with Brian Brohm, the Cats are going to improve at the quarterback position. Don't be discouraged and influenced by the rankings, etc. Hefner or Brohm would be excellent additions to the future of Kentucky Football and would be given the reigns of the team in due time. As fans, we should be so fortunate.

A look ahead: The reigns of the offense are handed to Shane Boyd and that means; more then likely; the offense will be adjusted to his style of play. I expect to see a little more option plays called for Boyd and a lot more positive plays then last season. Boyd may be shaky at times, but he still has the ability to move forward and gain yards when needed.

Woodson should and will garner the most attention in the Spring. Nobody needs a more important Spring Semester then Andre Woodson. He needs to not only improve his athletic ability and mobility, but his knowledge of the offense. Hopefully the new found added competition that Hefner or Brohm will bring, will make Andre a better player and push him to a new level of commitment.

Regardless of who goes where, the next two weeks are going to be extremely positive for football fans across the Bluegrass.

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