Stephen F. Austin QB race is on
Nacogdoches, TX (Sports Network) - The quarterback competition has heated up during spring practice at Stephen F. Austin, where the Lumberjacks are replacing 2010 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses.
The Payton Award, sponsored by Fathead.com, is bestowed on the outstanding player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Moses threw for 3,998 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior last season.
Brady Attaway is working out after backing up Moses as a redshirt freshman last season, although Dalton Williams, who redshirted as a junior, has an edge over the rest of the competition in terms of experience. In addition to those two, SFA returns former UTEP transfer Tim Curry and Colt Plaster.
"We have several guys who have been in this system for a couple of years now," first-year offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt said. "They understand the offense, and each of them have the talent to run it. I think the big difference fans will notice is not the production, but the style of play will be different. Throws that Jeremy liked, these guys may not look for because they are more comfortable with a different route."
SFA will be loaded with quarterbacks as three were part of the 2011 recruiting class: dual-threat Tyler Boyd from Daingerfield, Texas; Stevie Douglas from Clinton, La.; and Joe Minden from Coppell, Texas.
SFA is coming off back-to-back Southland Conference championships for the first time in program history as well as consecutive FCS playoff appearances.
The Lumberjacks will open the 2011 campaign on Sept. 1 against McMurry.
04/14 11:41:20 ET