One would think that Sean Hakes' departure would indicate a two-player race for the quarterback job between Chris Jaquemain and Carlton Jackson.
True freshman Matt Rodgers is still very much in the picture. So much, in fact, that J.D. Brookhart has extended his self-imposed deadline of narrowing the quarterback field to two by yesterday.
"Matt has brought himself into play," Brookhart said, adding that the freshman had not thrown an interception or fumbled all camp until this weekend.
That fact is probably why the Zips are still considering Rodgers. They want a quarterback who may move the ball at a meager rate, but will keep the team in the game by avoiding turnovers and making the smart play.
Two people affiliated with the team before had told me Rodgers is a strong candidate, but I wasn't sure how "strong" until Brookhart's confidence in him swayed me.