Scot Loeffler didn’t play any games. He quickly named Brenden Motley as his starting quarterback for Furman on Wednesday night.
“This is where we’re at with the whole thing: Brenden Motley is our starting quarterback,” Loeffler said emphatically. “And we are not going to disclose anything about the #2 position. Not at all.
That decision, or rather those decisions, make perfect sense. True freshman Dwayne Lawson and r-freshman Chris Durkin have never played a down in a college football game. Though Motley’s experience is limited – 12 career passing attempts and 89 career rushing yards – he is a r-junior who has a much greater grasp of the playbook.
As most coaches would do, Loeffler completely backed up his new starter in front of the media.
“We’re in good shape right now,” Loeffler said. “Motley’s put in the time. He’s a guy that it’s really important to. We’ve got a bunch of good character guys who are gonna rally around him.”
He expects Motley to be able to lead the offense, as you would think a fourth-year player should.
“He’s been around four years, so it’s not like you’re walking in a freshman or a r-freshman…whenever you’re an older guy that’s been around the block, and you’ve seen the Logan Thomas-es and the Michael Brewers of the world, I think you’ve got to be the leader.”
As far as not naming a #2 quarterback, that’s smart as well.
“We’ve got a really good plan with the whole deal,” Loeffler said. “But that plan can change daily. That’s just where we’re at right now.”
In other words, they are still evaluating both Chris Durkin and Dwayne Lawson, and they haven’t come to any concrete decision at this stage. There’s no reason to make any announcements until you come to a decision.
Personally (and this is just a gut feeling) I think there’s a strong chance that we could see all three quarterbacks on Saturday, and that Dwayne Lawson could be the second quarterback in the game. Either way, I’m confident that we’ll see more than just Brenden Motley, particularly if the game is a blowout.