Porter to announce starting QB Friday

University of Memphis coach Larry Porter said Wednesday the Tigers' quarterback competition has come to a conclusion. He's just not ready to reveal the winner yet.

University of Memphis coach Larry Porter said Wednesday the Tigers' quarterback competition has come to a conclusion.

He's just not ready to reveal the winner yet.

Porter did concede that the race had been whittled down to two finalists, sophomore junior college transfer Andy Summerlin and true freshman Taylor Reed.

"Next practice (Friday), we'll announce who our starting quarterback is," Porter said. "We've settled on who that guy is. Both guys looked extremely good today. I was proud of the way they engineered our offense and kept the guys focused at the task at hand. I thought they were sharp with their decision-making and their throws."

Summerlin, a sophomore junior college transfer, won the starting job in the spring over Will Gilchrist after Ryan Williams transferred to Miami.

Unlike last season, in which Porter alternated throughout the season between Williams and Cannon Smith, whoever he pegs as the starter this go-around will hold his spot at the top of the depth chart unless he proves incapable during games.

Porter said his decision was based on three things: the ability to manage the Tigers' offense, both quarterbacks' decision-making, and their productivity throughout training camp.

"Andy Summerlin, he's been somewhat inconsistent," Porter said. "But, you look at him today, and that's the guy we need out there on game day. You see a young guy in Taylor Reed, who has gradually gotten better and has truly opened our eyes to some things."

Although Wake Forest transfer Skylar Jones is on the outside looking in, Porter said he's got specific packages designed for the mobile quarterback and intends on using him as often as game situations allow.

Porter said he's encouraged by how tight the quarterback competition proved to be during training camp.

"Right now, I'm happy with both guys," Porter said. "I think both guys are very capable of leading this offense."


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