Position Breakdown: Quarterback

With signing day in the rear view mirror, it's time to look ahead to next season. In the first part of our 'Breakdown' series we look at the Quarterback position.

Last Season
The best word to describe last year's quarterback play is frustrating. The season started at Penn State with Courtney Denson at starter, but it only took a couple series to know that he was not the answer. After the first game Pat Julmiste took over, he was the best option, but still not the answer. Julmiste knew the offense better than anyone on the team, but could not execute physically. Finally, true freshman Carlton Hill was used in several games to relieve Julmiste. Using Hill may have been a desperation move because he was clearly not far enough along mentally to be productive. He was timid at times and rarely spent enough time in the pocket to find an open receiver. Hill may be the future, but due to the poor play by others, he was forced into a role he was clearly not comfortable with yet.

There is no doubt Hill can get it done on the ground, but next season he will have to prove he can do it through the air as well.

Who's Returning
Everyone. Not one player is graduating or transferring from last year's team. Most would think that Julmiste, who will be a senior, would get the starting nod. Not so said Coach Leavitt. A few weeks after the season Leavitt announced that Carlton Hill would be taking snaps as the number one QB come spring. Julmiste could still win the job back, but Hill is the expected starter. Also competing will be redshirt freshman Matt Grothe and Indiana transfer Grant Gregory. Don't expect to see Courtney Denson in the backfield next season as he will probably move to defensive back or receiver.

Matt Grothe

Incoming Freshman
The Bulls will be bringing in two new faces to the quarterback battle this year. Alwan Lee from Booker T. in and Nate Allen from Cape Coral. Both recruits are athletic, dual threat style quarterbacks and are capable of playing other positions. However they came to USF with the expectations of playing quarterback. Lee and Allen will be given a fair shot, but don't expect both of them to stay at the QB position very long. The first to switch positions will most likely be Nate Allen. After talking with Coach Leavitt, he often brings up the fact that he thinks Allen was one of the best safety's in the state. Lee will probably get a longer look at QB, but he could also move to the defensive side of the ball.

Nate Allen

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