And the starting quarterback for the University of Arizona is … um, is. … Gunner Cruz AND Will Plummer.
Or was that Will Plummer AND Gunner Cruz?
Well, it’s one or the other still – kind of.
UA head coach Jedd Fisch said it was still too close to call – in essence he said that – that he’ll go with a two-quarterback system until, well, he doesn’t.
“We’ll play both Gunner Cruz and Will Plummer,” Fisch said when he started to talk about the key position in his first season at UA.
“Both will be prepared to lead drives. We’re going to go with the approach that two is better than one.”
That will be Fisch’s approach until further notice. He set no timetable on when he’ll go with one. He’s still not clear how he will use – or how often – his quarterbacks but that the two will play in the season-opener next week vs. Brigham Young.
“From all the information it was clear that it would be hard to tell the other person why they were not the starter, more than anything else,” Fisch said.
Gunner, Fisch said, will go first.
Fisch said he “was trying to put the people first” in his decision.
“Neither one of them doesn’t deserve to be the starter,” he said. “Both have found ways to move the football. They have not turned the ball over in team settings … Team has seemed to rally around both of them.”
Fisch was almost being a psychologist in his decision.
“If you name one person the starter and things don’t go well, you’re very quick to go to the next person and you’ve now benched the starter,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.”
Fisch said he had not planned on this as he headed into camp, thinking there “would be a separation” but there was not one.
“Both got better and both improved,” he said.
Fisch said to be each had their best days when they were playing with the first team.
“For that we had to evolve to this position,” he said.