One major goal of spring football was to decide who would take over for Luke Getsy as quarterback.
If anything, the battle became more misty. Frontrunner Carlton Jackson had a very mediocre spring, which was broken up by an early concussion. Chris Jacquemain, last year's third-stringer, suffered an early shoulder injury and returned to move the offense impressively. Sean Hakes benefitted from his competitors' injuries by getting a lot more snaps than he would have; he showed some terrific ability, yet committed some colossal errors.
This is a crucial decision for J.D. Brookhart because it will determine the team's offensive leader for the next three or four years. In April, I wrote Hakes should be the choice. My reasoning is that he has a higher ceiling than Jacquemain, fewer character issues than Jackson and one year more of eligibility than both.
With three qualified candidates, don't be surprised to see one or both of the losers to change positions or transfer. And that's not to mention touted true freshman Matt Rodgers, who will join the team in July. A friend joked to me: "Wouldn't it be funny if Brookhart said, 'Forget you guys. We're going with Rodgers.' " I suppose the humor would depend on your perspective.
Anyhow, the quarterback decision is very important. I really don't think Akron can go wrong (unless Jackson's character issues are worse than I think). Although I endorsed Hakes, my hunch is that Jacquemain will start Sept. 1 against Army.
Here are some recruiting notes I dug up from Rivals.com, starting with a new offer...