Golden pleased with QB progression

Head coach Al Golden says he's pleased with how the quarterbacks performed this spring, even without potential starter Stephen Morris.

The Hurricanes went into spring football with three scholarship quarterbacks -- two guys who were in high school four months ago and another who's never seen game action as a Hurricane.

Still, Al Golden says, the quarterback play was solid this spring.

"I'm pleased with them," Golden said of the group. "It wasn't perfect (Saturday). It wasn't spectacular from a fan standpoint but we came out of it clean and we came out of it healthy. I'm as pleased about that as anything."

Golden wasn't concerned about the lack of experience at the position going into spring without potential starter Stephen Morris. Golden believes the young quarterbacks benefited a lot by the extra reps.

"It doesn't matter if they're young or are seniors, we all have to be on the same page and I think we've had a really good, since January 17th, accomplished a lot," he said.

Ryan Williams was clearly the top quarterback of the three this spring and Golden talked about his performance in the spring game.

"He was inconsistent early on," he said. "I think it's good to be in that environment, in that setting. He settled down later in the game. Clearly, there were some mental errors in the second half that we'd like to eliminate. Sometimes you have to experience that in this setting to learn and grow. Ryan's smart, had a good spring, but clearly we have to take the next step and we'll see how they compete for the starting job in August."

Gray Crow started the spring as the number two, ahead of Preston Dewey. It stayed that way all of spring and Crow ended up taking more reps in the spring game.

"It's close," Golden said of the competition. "I would've said Gray was ahead but I think it's really close right now. It's all a wash now."

Golden wants people to understand that how the depth chart looked to finish spring may change a lot by the time fall camp rolls around.

"We'll see who works harder in the summer and get ready for training camp," he said. "All those guys will get an opportunity."

Getting Morris back in the mix will really help an offense that struggled to generate much on Saturday.

"I don't think we've played particular well as an offense," Golden said of the spring game. "I don't wanna give a blanket statement because they did a lot of good things running the offense for the first time. We'll look at it and move on."

The Hurricanes will welcome a fifth member to the group of quarterbacks over the summer when freshman David Thompson arrives.


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