NIU has had an on-going battle for the top quarterback job going back to spring drills. So who will be the guy under center when the Huskies open their season Friday against Boston College? That questions remains unanswered.
Head coach Rod Carey knows who he’s going with as his starting quarterback. He’s simply not willing to share that information. He was mum at his weekly press conference Tuesday.
“I know what I’m doing and I’m just not saying.”
We do know it’ll either be junior Ryan Graham who has started eight games the last two years, or sophomore Daniel Santacaterina. He led the Huskies to two wins last year.
“It’s the first week. It’s the first time before I’ve put anything on film that I can use it to my advantage,” says Carey. “Because I think the two guys that have been in the competition with Graham and Santa have different games so maybe B.C. has to prepare a little bit like that.”
Carey has told the two quarterbacks who will start, but the rest of the team hasn’t been told.
“I like both of them. There’s no bias in either one of them so whoever starts on Friday I’m going to go with them and put my faith in them,” says receiver Christian Blake.
Carey says the quarterbacks as a whole have performed well this summer and they’re basically ahead of the curve for their age. All of the injuries NIU sustained at quarterback the last two years has sped up their development.
Having former Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch on the coaching staff hasn’t hurt the development of the quarterbacks either. “I think just having him around period is good for our team, but specifically the quarterbacks,” says Carey.
Carey says no matter which quarterback is under center the Huskies will run one offense, and that offense has been altered to fit the skill-sets of Graham and Sanatacarterina.
“We changed some things to tailor to what these guys can do. What their strengths are.”
The NIU-Boston College game will kickoff at 8:30 p.m. central time Friday night in DeKalb.