Competition for quarterback

Samantha Wendt, Sports Editor

The steady quarterback for the football team is still up in the air. Juniors Cullon Greene, a new transfer from Allen, and Zack Saffle are battling each other for the acclaimed starting quarterback title.

Currently, Saffle is the starting quarterback on the stat sheets, but he has not separated himself enough from Greene to be considered the only starting quarterback.

“Right now, Zack Saffle is the starter,” offensive coordinator Jason Regan said. “It’s still too early to tell who will be come playoff time, though.”

Greene, who suffered a knee injury against Paris, will have to wait until he’s healthy to challenge Saffle for the spot.

“Until Cullon gets healthy Zach is the quarterback. Once Cullon’s healthy, the guy that plays the best over the next few weeks will be the quarterback,” Regan said.

While playing with two quarterbacks means that the offensive line will have to get used to two different players, coaches do not foresee that as a problem.

“Our offensive system is easy to execute. A lot of the stuff we do is the same no matter who the quarterback is,” Regan said. “They’re both right-handed, they both run well, and they’re both good athletes. It shouldn’t matter who the quarterback is.”

However, Saffle noticed one of the drawbacks of the two quarterback system.

“When you’re calling signals to the linemen, the different voices can messes them up and they might jump early,” Saffle said.

Having two quarterbacks that are equally good is not necessarily a bad thing seeing as long playoff runs are not usually built around one person.

“If you’re going to go win 15 games and play for a state championship, it usually takes more than just one quarterback,” Regan said.

While the system is unorthodox, coaches and players seem to have embraced it.

“I think that it’s different having two quarterbacks. Both of their styles are a little different. Saffle is more passing and Cullon is more of a running quarterback, but it’s good to have a variety, instead of just being a one-dimensional offense,” senior wide receiver Brandon McKenzie said.

Even the quarterbacks do not mind sharing time.

“I don’t really have any problems with it,” Greene said. “I know that he’s going to go out there and compete, and I know I am, so whoevers out there is going to do the best job that they can.”

The two quarterback system offers several benefits to both the quarterbacks.

“Saffle isn’t going to get tired, and neither is Cullon since they’re sharing time.That means the fatigue factor won’t be there at the end of the game,” McKenzie said. “And it keeps other defenses backed up, since they don’t really know what’s coming for them.”

While getting rest during a game is a positive, it can also be a negative.

“Each time you’re on the field you get better and since they’re splitting time, they’re losing reps,” McKenzie said. “Those are opportunities to get better and then they are progressing at a slower rate than they could be.”

Regardless of the pros and cons of a two quarterback system, one quarterback will eventually be determined.

“The bottom line is, both are going to play and both are going to get reps,” Regan said. “However, the one that executes better will eventually end up with more playing time.”