July 26, 2010

Not Masoli, then who?

Jeremiah Masoli will not be a Louisiana Tech Bulldog, now Tech fans can move on with life.

The question remains though, who will it be?

The candidates, incumbent starter Ross Jenkins, Auburn transfer and former West Monroe Rebel Steven Ensminger, Colby Cameron, or Tarik Hakmi. True freshman Taylor Burch was purposefully left off the list as Tony Franklin has never started a freshman quarterback, redshirt or not.

I had the opportunity to take in a 7 on 7 scrimmage held last Thursday at Joe Aillet Stadium. My primary focus was the quarterbacks and any new faces on offense.

First off, yes Burch looked the best in my eyes. But, I don't matter when it comes to picking the starter so we will leave it at that.

Ensminger looks like a completely different player out there. He's leading on the field, he's instructing on the field, he has chemistry with his teammates, and of course still has the big-time arm strength.

Jenkins' arm strength has improved over the offseason and so have his priorities in life. Ensminger has more "God-given talent" than Jenkins and that's why I give him the nod over Jenkins.

Cameron has the best wheels of the Tech quarterbacks, but probably has the worst arm. If we were running the triple option, this would be Cameron's team. But, alas, we aren't.

Hakmi looked very timid on the field Thursday. Was it because he threw 3 picks in the previous scrimmage? Possibly. After the scrimmage was over, the quarterbacks hung around afterwards and worked with a select number of wide receivers and Hakmi unleashed his arm then. Hakmi has all the tools to be a very successful quarterback at Tech, but isn't there yet. Fall camp could be a big time learning experience for him.

If the Grambling game were tomorrow, I would have to put the ball in Ensminger's hands. After, fall practice, that may very well change to Hakmi. For now, I do not think Jenkins or Cameron will be a starter in 2010.


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