2012 football position by position: quarterbacks
As we’re just weeks away from the start of the football season, it’s time to take a detailed position-by-position look at the 2012 EMU football team. This is our time to refresh our memory about returning players, and learn a little about the new faces.
Presumptive starter: Alex Gillett, senior
Given that EMU has a senior quarterback who’s already started 2 1/4 seasons — 27 games — a casual observer might think that the Eagles are in pretty good shape at that position. That casual observer couldn’t be more wrong.
In seven of those starts (four wins, three losses), he threw fewer than 10 attempts. In 2011 he averaged nine completions and 125 yards per game. To put it another way, 14 quarterbacks had more completions in 2011 than Gillett has had in his career.
The big question is whether Gillett’s not been allowed to throw because the coaches lacked faith in his arm, because the coaches lacked faith in the receivers, or because the coaches just wanted to emphasize the running game that much. My best guess is that there’s been some of each, but if the spring practices were any indication, Ron English is ready to air things out a little more.
Of course, considering Gillett only as a passer only gives part of the picture. Based on last year’s numbers, he’s one of the top ten rushing quarterbacks in the country, and I see no reason why he won’t take a signficant number of carries again this year. Also, opponents’ need to respect him as a ball carrier should open things up for the passing game…if Ron English and Ken Karcher have any interest in passing the ball.
Backups: Tyler Benz, sophomore; Mark Iannotti, redshirt freshman; Michael Mioduszewski, freshman (preferred walk-on); Michael Simpson, freshman.
If I had to predict how things would go with the backups, I’d say that Benz is first, followed by Iannotti. Mioduszewski and Simpson are unlikely to see any game time. Unless Gillett is injured, I don’t expect any of the quarterback backups to see meaningful playing time. That’s just how it is at this position.
Looking to the future, Ron English already has verbal commitments from two quarterbacks in the class of 2013, Brandon Bossard and four-star recruit Brogan Roback. There may be quite a quarterback controversy heading into 2013.
Read what Hustle Belt has to say about all the MAC quarterbacks, where they rate EMU 9/13. I hope they’re better than that, but I can’t argue with it based on what Gillett’s shown so far.