The good, the bad, the question: QB

Despite last year's starter, Sean Canfield, sitting out the month recovering from a torn labrum the quarterback situation is less muddled than last year as Lyle Moevao has taken firm control of the offense.

The good: Junior Lyle Moevao's extra practice with the receivers before spring really paid off as he was comfortable and on target. He made decisions quickly while spreading his passes out to the plethora of talented receivers.

Freshman Ryan Katz displayed a versatile arm able to hit the long, medium and short passes while improving on a daily basis. He takes instruction well and is already putting a lot of time into studying the playbook.

Sophomore Brennan Sim showed skills that the team can trust in if needed while Sean Canfield was cleared to throw by a doctor, but the coaches opted to hold him out to insure a full recovery.

Justin Engstrom performed well in the spring game.

The bad: Canfield missed a month of practice putting him well behind a confident Moevao heading in fall camp. Moevao missed a couple of days after hitting his thumb on a helmet.

Between the three walk on quarterbacks - Sim, Anderson and Engstrom - only one will be invited back to fall camp due to roster limitations.

The question: Will Canfield challenge Moevao for the starting spot?

Top spring performer: Lyle Moevao. With Canfield sidelined Moevao really took the opportunity to assume a leadership role. The coaches have faith in him as well as his teammates and unfortunately for Canfield it looks like Moevao will be the starting quarterback, barring an injury of course.

Riley says: "I like Moevao's confidence, how fast he plays, how quick his decisions are, just his feel for everything we're doing.  It's neat to see a quarterback get that 'feeling' about things. He's throwing the ball with more anticipation. He's just more comfortable with what he's doing."

The roster:

  • RFr. Justin Engstrom (6-5, 204) - sharp in the spring game completing 10 of 15 passes for 108 yards and one interception...Riley says, "He made a lot of good throws, and the thing I like about him is he's got a quick release"...in contention with Sim and Anderson for the fourth quarterback on the team.
     
  • Jr. Lyle Moevao (5-11, 235)- completed 13-for-30 for 226 yards and had a 72-yard touchdown pass to James Rodgers in the spring game..."I'm not hesitant like I was last year. I know the offense and I know our receivers."
     
  • Jr. Sean Canfield (6-4, 229) - torn labrum forced him to miss spring ball...cleared to throw just before the start of spring, but coaches chose to hold him out...expects to be at full strength by June.
     
  • Fr. Ryan Katz (6-1, 206) - doesn't turn 18 until Nov. 1...already a good grasp of the offense...coaches are impressed...studying a lot...needs some work on his technique...received extra reps with second team with Canfield being out...Riley says - "I'm very excited about how comfortable Ryan feels. I also like the way he is willing to be coached. We can coach him hard and he just stands there and listens and goes out there the next play and reacts from there – that's impressive"...completed 2 of 9 passes for six yards and one pick in spring game.
     
  • Fr. Zach Anderson (6-2, 218) - threw two passes, completing both, for 10 yards in spring game...in contention with Sim and Engstrom for final quarterback roster spot.
     
  • So. Brennan Sim (6-3, 198) - completed 4 of 10 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown in the spring game...in contention with Anderson and Engstrom for the fourth quarterback on the team.

Coming in the fall: No one


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