New Blood Entering at QB

For the past two seasons the Bronco football team has had the services of Chad Munson and Jon Drach at quarterback. In the fall of 2004 a new batch of QBs will be fighting for the top job, and the Broncos will have new leadership under center.

In the 2002 season Jon Drach and Chad Munson seemed to almost take turns at the quarterback position en route to a 4-8 season.

In 2003 things were a little different with Chad Munson being named the top QB at the beginning of the season. In the seventh game of the season Munson left with a hand injury and Drach took over as starter for the remainder of the season.

Now that both Drach and Munson have used their eligibility it's time for a new batch of QBs to fight for the job at the helm of the Bronco offense. Junior Transfer Ryan Cubit, juniors Blayne Baggett and Robbie Haas, and redshirt freshman Oseloka Keys are the competitors for the starting job next fall.

Baggett has seen time in the Bronco offense as the third-string QB in each of the past two seasons. Seeing time in four games this season, his best effort came against Virginia with 4 of 8 completions for 79 yards including a 36-yard pass. However his only touchdown pass came during the 2002 season against Indiana State.

Robbie Hass has yet to see playing time at WMU, but has been impressive in practice and looks to being in the hunt for the starting job along with the other quarterbacks this spring and next fall.

Ryan Cubit, the son of former WMU offensive coordinator Bill Cubit (now at Stanford), sat out this past season due to NCAA transfer rules. Cubit transferred from Rutgers following the 2002 football season to join the Broncos as a junior. He has amassed playing time at Rutgers including being the starter a portion of his freshman year.

"There were things that weren't working out [at Rutgers]," said Cubit, who was benched during his stay at Rutgers. "I knew what it was like here, I knew coach Darnell, I knew the program since my Dad coached here." This is a return home of sorts, as Cubit lived in Kalamazoo while his Dad coached for WMU.

Oseloka Keys comes to WMU from Ann Arbor Pioneer HS as a very athletic style quarterback, more athletic then typically seen at Waldo Stadium. Keys was redshirted this season as a freshman and spent time on the Stallions (scout team). Keys along with Cubit both won offensive stallion of the week honors once each this season.

All four quarterbacks will have the off-season to work on strength and their skills before having to fight for the job for the first time during spring drills. "We're all talented quarterbacks," said Cubit. "Everyone of us is able to start at this level. There's going to be a lot of competition and we're just going to have to go out there everyday and compete for it."

"We have an excellent stable of quarterbacks," said Gary Darnell in a post-season press conference. "We have four on scholarship right now and will sign one for sure, maybe two more. It's not likely a freshman would come in and play right away. We have four guys – Robbie Hass, Ryan Cubit, Blayne Baggett and Oseloka Keys – that I feel very strongly about. We will solidify ourselves at quarterback and get a running game we can live with [in 2004]."

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