Spring Ball Question 1by Brad Allis on Feb. 27, 2010, under Sports
Lost in the Wildcat basketball team’s late season collapse is the fact that spring drills for the football team begin in a little over a week. Over the next few days we’ll look at some of the questions regarding the team as they hit spring practice.
QUESTION: Is Matt Scott really competing for the quarterback job?
ANSWER: Maybe. On the surface it seems as if Scott isn’t factoring much into the future plans of the Wildcats. After all, they moved a similar player, freshman Richard Morrison, to receiver and both of their recent QB recruits have been pure spread offense passers. Add to that, the fact that the Cats have not offered Brett Hundley, son of a former Wildcats and a top-tier dual threat quarterback, a scholarship.
However, if you believe new QB coach Frank Scelfo, Scott will get a serious look. He recently praised Scott’s athleticism and also discussed Nick Foles’ mechanical issues. He has said that Scott will get a chance, and the main reason Scott gave for not transferring is a chance to win back the job he was given at the start of the 2009 season.
In reality, Scott will get reps, but he would have to completely dominate spring drills, while Foles would have to completely fall apart. One thing that cannot be denied is that this is Nick Foles’ team. He is the far better leader and the team rallied behind him last year.
The bigger question may be whether or not this team has enough quarterbacks. With Morrison’s move to wide receiver, the Cats have Foles, Scott and Bryson Beirne as the only scholarship passers in camp. There have been rumblings that Scott could be in line for a position switch, but this looks unlikely in the fall due to the lack of depth.