Dasher or Kilgore

Dwight Dasher is heading into his fourth year as a Blue Raider with loads of expectations, his name being among some very heavy hitters on the Walter Camp preseason watch list. However, allegations of failure to pay on a loan and missing checks may have forced Middle Tennessee State University head coach Rick Stockstill to burn the planned red-shirt on touted JUCO transfer Logan Kilgore.

Goldensports.net recently caught up with Kellen Farmer, Editor-in-Chief of Blue Raider Zone, to get his impressions on the suddenly fluid quarterback position.

MTSU welcomes a new offensive coordinator this season in Mike Schultz who promised to utilize Dasher in a more conventional manner. "Ideally they are not going to have as many designed plays for Dasher this year, that was the plan from the get go, he'll still be a dual threat, he just wont be as crucial to the offense," Farmer said.

The electrifying quarterback who threw for more than 2500 yards and ran for over 1000 yards last year wouldn't need to be shouldering as much of the offensive load this year because of expected depth at running back "We lost our main running back to injury early in the year last year so the first six or seven games Dasher had to do it on the ground and through the air."

Now, it seems, Dasher and his impressive stats might not see the field against Minnesota. The situation in a nutshell centers on Dasher's off the field actions. "To sum it up: he gambles, apparently," Farmer said. "Not on games, cards." Dasher had an acquaintance who worked at the VA hospital in Murfreesboro, "He met an 80-year-old guy, and this guy is also a gambler, so they kind of bonded over that [and] Dasher owed him some money."

In order to pay back the loan, said to be 1500 dollars, Dasher allegedly used a check that did not belong to him for the debt, "Dasher, to pay it back, supposedly stole a check from his roommate who is also an offensive lineman on the team to give to the guy as collateral." The inquiry is focusing on whether there was any illicit gambling or whether or not the person who loaned Dasher the money is in any way related to the the MTSU program.

What is Farmer's opinion on who will be the starting quarterback against Minnesota? "If I had to guess right now, I would say Logan Kilgore."

So what does Minnesota need to know about Kilgore?

"Kilgore was a 3 star JUCO out of California, he was recruited by the previous offensive coordinator, Tony Franklin. He came in and had a fantastic spring. They weren't doing too much with Dasher, he was the obvious starter in spring and they didn't want to get him hurt or anything, so Kilgore took the majority of the snaps and in the spring game and it was pretty much the Logan Kilgore show," Farmer said. "He came in and kind of blew up to the point where we had three back-ups transfer because they all saw the writing on the wall. Kilgore is the guy of the future."

"The plan originally was to red-shirt Kilgore, which obviously wont happen now. [He's got a] strong arm, a stronger arm than Dasher and he's more accurate, more of a pocket passer which is good for our offense this year," Farmer said. Kilgore doesn't have the same moves as Dasher, "Kilgore can scoot, but he's not nearly as elusive as Dasher [but] I think their 40 times are actually pretty similar."

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