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.
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."
- 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