Post Spring Analysis: Quarterbacks

Derek Carr

The spring of 2013 was time to let veteran quarterback Derek Carr rest while the coaching staff took a closer look at who will be the back-up. None of the three quarterbacks vying for the position were able to stand out through four weeks of competition. The door is wide open for incoming freshman Zack Greenlee to come in the fall and compete for the spot…

Myles Carr and Marcus McDade saw the majority of the reps during spring practice with Derek Carr sitting out and Brian Burrell suffering an injury. Carr and McDade both showed flashes of their ability, but continued to show their inexperience.

To quote Head Coach Tim DeRuyter, "They're a little bit like popcorn. They pop and things are good, and then things not so good."

After the spring game, DeRuyter continued on Myles Carr and McDade.

"You see flashes of the athleticism. They made some good throws, but they've got to do a much better job making decisions and taking care of the football."

McDade has shown his impressive arm strength since his first fall camp as a freshman at Fresno State. His accuracy and handle on the offense held him back early. The pocket passer then had to adjust to coach Schramm's spread offense. McDade appears to have the physical tools to be the future quarterback for Fresno State which makes it concerning that he has been unable to stand out.

Myles Carr in his first spring showed improvement from where he was last fall. Carr had the better spring game showing between the two quarterbacks. In the live scrimmage, he completed 7-of-9 passes for 103 yards, including a pair of touchdowns to Aaron Peck. Carr did fumble twice in the backfield also.

At the conclusion of spring, neither of the two established themselves as a favorite for the back-up position.

"Not good enough to play for us at the level we need them to play at," said DeRuyter. "They know that, they need to improve."

DeRuyter made it clear that someone will have to establish himself in the fall.

"It's wide open and whoever plays best in the first couple weeks of fall, they're going to be the number two guy."

Stock rising: Zack Greenlee

The three quarterbacks did not do much to help their cause during spring. Coach DeRuyter emphasized that the quarterbacks did not display the ability to handle certain situations. There is high confidence in Greenlee that he has the talent and the intangibles to handle those situations and step up as the back-up quarterback.

The door is wide open for incoming freshman Zack Greenlee to come in the fall and compete for backup spot.

Stock falling: Brian Burrell

With the coaches turning to a junior college quarterback in the recruiting class, it allowed for speculation that there was uncertainty at the position and that Burrell was brought in to be the answer. Brian Burrell enrolled early and had a chance to get a head start on learning the offense and prove he was best candidate for the back-up spot. Unfortunately for Burrell, he suffered a bruised throwing shoulder midway through spring ball and was shut down for the remainder of the practices. He'll have a chance to prove himself in the fall, but was unable to establish himself as the favorite as expected.

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