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September 5, 2007It has to be one of the best weekends of the year not only because of the extra day off but college football has officially begun.
This past weekend there was games throughout the nation with many young players getting their first taste of college ball.
During the opening weekend there were a number of Elite 11 participants and counselors who where under center for there team. John David Booty continues to succeed at USC while 2007 counselors Andre Woodson of Kentucky and Colt Brennan put on shows leading their team to victory.
Lets take a further look at some Elite 11 Quarterbacks that got their first college start this past weekend.
In the Pacific Norhtwest Huskie fans waited patiently this last year in anticipation of Jake Locker making his first start.
Locker was a member of the 2005 Elite 11 and redshirted last year at Washington preparing for this moment. The Huskies opened up at Syracuse and left with a 42-12 victory behind a solid performance from Locker.
On the day, the multi dimensional Locker was 14-of-19 for 142 yards and most importantly did not turn the ball over. On the ground is where Locker did his damage, rushing 10 times for 83 yards. This performance and victory should give Huskie fans some hope for the future.
Another pariticpant from the 2005 Elite 11 to make his first start and also lead his team to a week on victory was Colorado's Cody Hawkins.
After red shirting last year and a very strong performance in spring Hawking was named the starter for the Buffalos. Hawkins was very effective in victory over state rival Colorado State in what was a battle the entire time.
On the day, Hawkins complete 18-of-31 passes for 201 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. In a game where there were a few lead changes, Hawkins stayed within himself and led the Buffalo's to a game tying field goal with less than a minute remaining and another field goal in overtime that was the deciding kick. There will be a lot of pressure for this young man with his father Dan being the head coach.
During Florida's National Championship season Tim Tebow made a huge contribution in his freshmen year. Tebow got a lot of playing time but never did get a start during his freshmen year.
The 2006 Elite 11 quarterback made his first career start against Western Kentucky and led the gators to a blow out win against the Hilltoppers.
In the game the lefty passed for 300 yards and three scores on 13-of-17 passing attempts. Always a huge threat on the ground, Tebow added 38 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Some other news relating to past Elite 11 quarterbacks, former Cal quarterback and 2005 Elite 11 quarterback Kyle Reed has transferred to San Jose State. Reed will have to sit out this season and look for next year in search of this first start.
Making the most of his opportunity, red shirt sophomore Harrison Beck of NC State has been named the starter for the Wolfpacks second game. Beck was called on during a loss to UCF this past weekend and gave his team a shot to go to overtime but failed on the a two point conversion with eight minutes left. Beck did all he could do in relief as he completed 17-of-28 attempts for 204 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. After having to sit out last year due to transferring from Nebraska, Beck should be more than ready for his first college start.