LOGAN In the last planned public scrimmage of the preseason, Utah State coach Brent Guy wanted to see which of his three quarterbacks would step up and make the strongest case for the starting job.
He might already know who that person is, but like any coach, Guy is not shedding any insight on the situation.
"We as a coaching staff will be watching a lot of film, to evaluate not just that position," Guy said, "but all the positions on both sides of the ball as well as special teams."
If total snaps is any indication, though, it appears senior Sean Setzer will likely be under center when the Aggies open the season at UNLV in two weeks.
"I prepare hard," Setzer said. "Whatever happens, happens. I know coach is going to put the best guy in there to give us the best chance to win."
The senior is battling sophomore Diondre Borel and true freshman Exavier Johnson for the position. Saturday afternoon, Setzer saw the most time in throwing situations, completing 8-of-17 passes for 98 yards and a 24-yard touchdown to Stanley Morrison.
Borel was 4-of-9 for 35 yards while Johnson threw just six passes, completing four for 41 yards.
But if there's one thing Aggie fans have grown to learn, it's that Guy doesn't limit his quarterback to passing the ball. Borel, a speedy receiver-turned-quarterback had 80 yards of rushing on eight carries including a thrilling 47-yard scamper.
There were few other offensive highlights, though. Part of that was by design as Guy and his staff tried to see how different sets of players responded in different situations. Though USU had a preliminary two-deep, Guy said that is in a constant state of flux as he evaluates what is undeniably the deepest team he's had with 28 redshirt freshman joining the mix of 39 returning lettermen.
"We had some mistakes," Borel said. "But we can always fix that. That's what practice is for."
Guy said he plans on naming his starting quarterback Monday morning after studying film from Saturday's scrimmage over the weekend."We have to start putting in the UNLC game plan," Guy said. "That starts Monday morning."
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