Who's The Starting QB? Yet to Be Determined

Head Coach Bob Toledo says he truly doesn't know who will start Saturday against Washington State and might not until game time. Toledo talks about all three potential starters...

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The state of the three quarterbacks in practice today and who will be the starter…

"All three of them got a little bit of work, some individual drills, some team stuff. I'm not going to make a decision until game time. I want to watch practice and see how they perform, and then I'll make a decision. There's no need to make a fast decision. Plus, then I don't need to let them (Washington State) know who's playing. But at this point, to be honest, I really don't know. I don't know who's going to be healthy, what's going to happen this week."

On Cory Paus' work in practice…

"He didn't take any snaps, but he did throw some balls. Which was encouraging. The ball's taking off on him. It's not sharp. And taking the snap is a big concern [with the thumb injury]."

On whether not naming a starter puts Washington State at a disadvantage…

"They're preparing for three different kinds of guys. Why give them any edge? Did Alabama give us an edge? We didn't know who was starting at quarterback until we got into the game."

On whether there would be three different game plans for the three quarterbacks…

"Not total game plans, but certain things, certain plays, yes. There are things that we do differently with each, and one of them is left-handed. So there are some subtleties because of who's in there that changes a little bit."

On the health of Paus and McEwan…

"McEwan is better and Paus is better, but they're not good."

On when he will name a starter…

"I'm not sure when. It depends on how fast the guys heal. If all of sudden tomorrow things change…but I'm probably going to have to wait right up until the day of the game, because of treatment and healing. It also depends on how Ryan McCann does. There are too many things. We weren't going to do a walk through, but now we're going to do a walk-through Friday up there, to see how they've progressed."

On whether Scott McEwan would have been the starter had he been healthy…

"Yeah, he would have been the starter, but he's not healthy. He did take some snaps and run some plays. But he's not healthy. I want to make sure they can protect themselves and be able to perform."

On how Scott McEwan has approached his role on the team…

"I think it's paying attention to detail, and basically paying attention. He's into the game plans, he's into practice. He's focused. He's just not out here going through the motions. He's mature, he's experienced. He's been here five years, he knows the system."

On how he's progressed during his five years at UCLA…

"When we signed him, we knew he had some talent. He was at our football camp. We liked him. He had a good arm. He has the strongest arm among all of them. He was very accurate, pretty athletic, very intelligent, and had good size. But when he got here, he was really an introvert and shy. Quiet. He was taken by it all. And then toward the end of his redshirt sophomore year you could see him start to come out of it a little bit. And then last year, you really saw a changed guy. He was confident. And when we went to the Fresno game, and won that game, it gave him a lot of confidence. Then to have played in the Sun Bowl, to do what he did there, and we praised him about that, then he got a lot of confidence. The great thing about him is he's not standing around beating on his chest, saying he could be the starter. He's says, ‘Whatever I can do to help the team win.' And that's the attitude he's had. He's been super."

On whether Toledo was looking forward to rewarding McEwan with a start since Paus was hurt…

"I thought it was going to be this week. I wish he didn't have a sprained ankle. I really love this kid. I respect him so much and I'm so proud of him. He's going to be successful in life. He's not going to play professional football but he's going to be very successful. He's been a pleasure."

On Ryan McCann trying to get more work recently…

"When you're third, it's harder to see the light through the tunnel. But to his credit, he ran the scout team for the last couple of weeks. Like against Cal, it was our offense, he did a lot of that. And last week against Stanford. He's tried to get some people running around him, and he's been trying to get some reps."


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