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Zips Spring Practice: Session VIII - QB fun

By George Thomas Published: April 5, 2012

Ummmm…about that quarterback battle?

Consider it a three-way race with no signal caller standing head and shoulders above his teammates, according to coach Terry Bowden.

I still think that Dalton Williams looks best of them all and he did little to disabuse that perception in today’s practice.

But a couple of weeks into things, last year’s starter, Clayton Moore and redshirt freshman Kyle Pohl are showing that they’re increasingly comfortable with the spread.  Right now, each brings something to the game.

  • Williams offers that experience in the system which shows in the way he handles it and the team.
  • Moore gives the offense a spark
  • Pohl is the best pure passer on the team.

Of course they all offer deficits as well.

  • Williams is less accurate it seems on deep balls.
  • Moore locks on receivers and occasionally forces passes that aren’t there.
  • Pohl is inexperienced .

Getting separation

The running back situation is sorting itself out as well.  Two are standing above everyone else – Jawon Chisholm and Broderick Alexander are locked in a battle. Ultimately, however, it may not matter who starts because of the nature of the offense.

Chisholm is the more powerful runner and strikes an imposing figure.  You do not want to see this guy coming at you with his 6-feet and 209 lbs.  Alexander seems to have the softer hands with the ability to get behind the linebackers and make catches.  He did just that in today’s practice and it would have gone for a score in a game.

 With the offense predicated on being up tempo with few huddles , running backs, like receivers will need a blow.  In Alexander and Chisholm, the Zips have two backs with tons of potential.

“You have to have two to run the offense, so we need to develop two guys who can go in there and play at a higher level.  Those two have stepped above (everyone),” Bowden said.

Recruits on campus

Two potential Zips took in Thursday morning’s practice.   Michael Kish, a 6-foot-5, 230 lbs. tight end-defensive lineman from Brentwood High School in Pennsylvania, and Kyle Stahl, a 6-foot-5, 205 lbs, quarterback from St. Henry High School, were on hand.

Heading out

Assistant director of football operations and recruiting coordinator Jordan Heighway is saying goodbye to the UA.  Thursday was his last day as he embarks on a career in the Windy City, Chicago.  Heighway spent three seasons with the Zips.

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