2006 VU position overview: Quarterbacks

The quarterback position is the most vital position to the success of a football team. Vanderbilt faces a tough task in replacing now Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. Today the VandyMania Staff looks at the four Vanderbilt quarterbacks.

LOSSES

Jay Cutler

THE SKINNY

Replacing Jay Cutler is task number 1 for the 2006 Vanderbilt football Commodores. Luckily Vandy has four capable signal callers competing for the critical position.

THE MEN

Chris Nickson (6-1, 210 SO): The quick and elusive Nickson was considered the number one Vanderbilt quarterback after the spring. Saw action in 5 games during 2005. Completed 1 of 3 passes for 13 yards. Had 15 rushes for 67 yards. During prep career accounted for 142 touchdowns and 9,806 all-purpose yards. His durability is a concern. He was held out of the spring scrimmage due to injury. After two weeks of preseason practice appears to have the starting position locked up.

Mackenzi Adams (6-2, 205 FR*): Adams was redshirted during the 2005 season. He played the entire Vanderbilt Black and Gold scrimmage. Adams, who was treated for heat exhaustion after the scrimmage, completed 21 of 44, 145 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. During his prep career he passed for 6,781 yards and 72 touchdowns and led his team to the Oklahoma 6-A state championship. The most accurate of Vandy's signal callers, he'll likely be the #2 quarterback.

Richard Kovalcheck (6-3, 215 JR*): Kovalcheck offers instant help to an inexperienced Vandy signal caller staff. Kovalcheck passed for over 1,300 yards as an Arizona sophomore and had rave reviews coming out of high school including this from Scout.com, "One of the best quarterbacks in the country. Rebounded from a knee injury that sidelined him his junior year to throw for 2,626 yards and 19 TD's as a senior. Good size and mobility to go along with a cannon arm. He has great touch and is one of the most accurate prospects in the class. Chose Arizona over Tennessee, although the Volunteers kept after him after his verbal commitment." Kovalcheck, who is working to improve on his speed, is still getting a grasp for the offense after two weeks of practice but has shown improvement.

THE FUTURE

Jared Funk (6-2, 185 FR): Threw for 1,952 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 768 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior at St. Viator high school (Illinois). Funk has performed well in preseason drills but will likely be redshirted for the 2006 season.

REMARKS

Replacing Jay Cutler will be the most important task for the 2006 Vanderbilt football team. Vanderbilt has the luxury of having 4 quarterbacks that have the tools to be as good as Cutler. Nickson's great speed will give the Commodores an additional threat for opponents to look out for. Adams and Kovalcheck provide the Commodores with solid depth. Funk ensures a bright future for the Commodore signal callers.

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