Spring practice did not produce a starting quarterback, as expected.
But in a way it has put the coaches in a bind: Whether it was Saturday’s final scrimmage or other times, when there the practice went “live,” Jack Sears was the better quarterback.
This is not unusual. Remember, everyone thought JT Daniels was the better QB at last fall’s training camp but then the real hitting took place during the season and Daniels struggled. Conversely, Sears played well in the Arizona State game when it wasn’t just 7-on-7 or an 11-on-11 period where the quarterback feels no threat of getting hit.
Football is not a contact sport. It is a violent sport.
So here the dilemma for the coaches: Clay Helton prefers Daniels. But if they see in the film that Sears was best during actual game simulations, what do they do?
Graham Harrell is high on Sears, according to other coaches. But how high? Enough to stand up to Helton?
Would Helton risk his job just to start Daniels even if Daniels wasn’t the best choice? I think he might.