Question: Which quarterback will lead the team?
Discussion: As you probably know by now, Chris Jacquemain will take the Zips first snap Saturday against Army.
The Mentor native entered camp as the implied No. 2. The depth chart showed a tie with Carlton Jackson and Sean Hakes, but Jackson was Luke Getsy's backup last season.
Typically, this would mean Jacquemain must outright beat his competitor and former roommate. Did it happen? I don't think so.
Both passers put up nearly identical stats. Their throwing ability, although somewhat different, appeared comparable. The passers each made critical errors, yet also showed they can move the offense when at their best. So where did Jacquemain overtake Jackson? The coaches pinpointed their main issue in the decision as finding a quarterback who "would not lose the game" for them. That factor did not separate the candidates.
With Jacquemain's victory in the battle, one must assume there was an intangible that propelled him. Perhaps he showed a firmer grasp on Joe Moorhead's new offense in team meetings. Maybe Jacquemain possessed stronger leadership capability.
Regardless, this decision appeared to be one that would reverberate throughout the next three season. With true freshman Matt Rodgers' incredible progression, a second battle could ensue next August.
Answer: Jacquemain will get the first chance. However, the mere mention that Jackson will play in the second quarter shows that the coaches are willing to allow the quarterback battle to continue at least through the early part of the season. My guess is Jackson will eventually overtake Jacquemain.
While quarterbacks wear green jerseys, coaches were in the dark as to which player could elude tacklers in the open field. It is only my opinion, but that is why I think Jackson will be the starter by the Kent State game. And if neither player proves capable, watch for Rodgers to get a chance.
Akron beat Cleveland State 3-0 Sunday afternoon in the final preseason game.
The Zips knocked off Lehigh and Temple Sunday to win the Temple Invitational and retain an undefeated record.
Jennifer Stewart led the team with 25 digs. (Is that a lot?)