“The freshman has gone from unproven to unflappable”
NC State: With all of the focus on quarterbacks we are proud to link this entry that highlights a couple of articles that can’t help by make Wolfpackers burst with pride about Russell Wilson.
UNC-CH Butch Davis (supposedly) opened up the competition for quarterback this week between Cameron Sexton and TJ Yates. Caulton Tudor thinks that Chief Butch should start Cameron Sexton; I think Davis has planned to start Sexton all along but chose to position the job as open for a few small and relatively inconsequential reasons.
This is not 2009. It’s 2008. That’s why North Carolina coach Butch Davis should start Cameron Sexton at quarterback when the Tar Heels face N.C. State on Saturday at noon in Chapel Hill.
Whether Sexton is the best quarterback in the program isn’t really the issue at this point. His primary rival and early-season starter T.J. Yates may be the more complete player and the logical choice to direct what will be an ACC title contender in ’09.
I think Davis tipped his hand last weekend when he proclaimed Sexton the starter and then back-tracked on Monday. If nothing else, it would have appeared as bad form and a potential disincentive for kids in the program for it to appear so obvious that Yates lost his job because he got injured. Call it what you want – that is what has happened.
We are talking about Carolina here. Home of style over substance. How would it have played during the recruiting trail’s home stretch if it appeared that a kid could play well for a year and sacrifice for the program only to get shoved aside and lose his job to any injury because he was taking a beating on the field? Was there really any harm for Butch Davis or his team to pretend that Yates has a legitimate shot at starting this Saturday and provide him a few extra reps in practice in case he is needed?
I may be proven completely wrong…but, I don’t think there is really any drama in this ‘decision’. I also don’t think it makes one ounce of difference to NC State since Carolina’s offense doesn’t change much regardless of who is under center.
Parting Shot: If you have some more time to invest, then the first 8 minutes in the video below is a very good conversation of the current and future quarterback situations at State and Carolina.
Tom Suiter: “All of a sudden, State’s a good football team”
Jeff Gravely: “Because they are healthy”