One of Cal Poly’s potential new starters at quarterback will not be playing in today’s spring game, and Mustangs head football coach Tim Walsh said the job won’t be awarded unless one of the other three has a distinct standout performance.
Sophomore Chris Brown hurt his non-throwing left wrist in the first scrimmage of spring practice, Walsh said, and has been unable to take a snap since.
That leaves junior Vince Moraga, redshirt freshman Tanner Trosin and sophomore Air Force transfer Dano Graves to take turns when the spring game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Coaches had hoped they could name a replacement for Andre Broadous by the end of the intrasquad game, which signals the culmination of four weeks of spring drills.
“The race is half complete, so to speak,” Walsh said, “and we’re still not happy where everybody is coming from a consistency standpoint. So, we’re not ready to make that decision, and we’ll see how far we go before we make a decision in the fall.”
Walsh said players will know what order they rank on the depth chart going into preseason training camp, but the race is so close, it won’t even be narrowed to a couple of top contenders. All four remain in the wide-open position battle.
“We don’t think anybody is above the other guy,” Walsh said. “Unless somebody is better (today), that’s going to continue.”
The offense will also continue to play without its first-string offensive line. The six top returners, most of whom have missed the entire spring while rehabbing offseason surgeries, will be held out.
Leading receiver Willie Tucker will see limited duty, and the same goes for starting slotbacks Kristaan Ivory and Cole Stanford.
The game will mainly be a showcase for younger players, and an opportunity to see the quarterbacks play in regulation game conditions.
Defensively, Cal Poly will also play young players, especially in the defensive backfield and the defensive line, Walsh said.
With nine returning starters on defense, many of the established names will give way to backups.
“It will help us make decisions about what we want to do from a depth standpoint,” Walsh said.