Breakdown of what we have at the position:
- Bill Stull; Before Cavanaugh left the program Wanny made it clear to the media that Bill Stull was coming into the spring as the starter. Then Cignetti was hired and Wanny has changed his tune to that there will be a 3-way competition for the starting job. Everybody knows what Stull brings to the table and what he doesn't. We have written article after article about how we feel about Stull's play over the last season so no need to re-hash it. The real question for Stull is what Cignetti thinks of him and how he would fit into the new offense.
- Pat Bostick; Two things that Bostick brings to the table is the ability to win a game while playing badly and the ability to turn the football over. Bostick was an interception and fumble machine in the old Cavanaugh offense. Despite that flaw Bostick also showed the ability to spread the football around and read a defense. If we are running an offense where the QB needs to use all his weapons Bostick is the way to go.
- Tino Sunseri; Sunseri is in a really bad position for a young quarterback in that he is perceived as a solution to our QB problems because he isn't Bostick or Stull. Since Sunseri redshirted last year nobody knows what we have in him. Sunseri has some good physical tools and is apparently going to get a chance to win the starting job. Everybody needs to cool their expectations on Sunseri for this season until we see what we have in him.
- Greg Cross; Here is the x-factor in the QB battle. Cross brings something to the table that no other QB on the depth chart has, speed. He got a raw deal last year with the constant promises of us having packages for him but in the end never getting a real chance to contribute. Hopefully, Cignetti will create formations and scenarios for Cross to touch the ball multiple times per game. Cignetti values what Cross brings to the table since he rescued him from a position change. If Wanny wasn't the head coach I would include Cross as a candidate to win the starting job.
I didn't include freshman Kolby Gray I expect him to redshirt. No matter what happens in spring practices we need to figure something out at this position before we get to fall camp. Cignetti will be putting in a new offense and he needs to find his guy to run it. Reading between the lines of his comments to the media since the end of last season Wanny has tied his horse to Stull. Each QB on the roster has their flaws and we have no clear candidate to be the starter. Can 2009 be the year we get competent QB play?