More QB news from the front-lines, as you get ready for your draft and/or prepare your Week One rosters.
The latest update does not bode well for Cal QB Nate Longshore (pictured, thanks IconSMI ).
The Golden Bears will go with Kevin Riley as their starter at QB, beating out former #1 QB Nate Longshore for the job. Although Riley was injured during the spring, he performed well enough in pre-season camp to edge out Longshore. You had the feeling Longshore’s bench-time was near, as Cal did not perform well last season, even with fielding the best WR corps of any Bay Area team…including the two "pro" teams.
Mauk-ing the NCAA? Looks like Ben Mauk will re-submit his appeal for Medical Hardship to the NCAA. Last week Mauk won an injunction in court that allowed him to continue practicing with the Bearcats…putting off the NCAA decision to deny Mauk a Medical Hardship and a sixth-season.
Keep an eye on the Mauk appeal…he had a stand-out season at UC last year, and it appears UC head man Brian Kelly is not impressed with his current crop of QBs. If Mauk gets to play, he will be one of those players to pick up in free-agency or supplemental drafts.
A SPECIAL NOTE:
Many of you will be drafting this weekend. Good luck and good drafting!
In regard to QBs, depth-charts at some of the schools have yet to be set. Unfortunately, some coaches will wait until this weekend to name their #1 QBs.
Some ways to handle this:
– If a QB has not been named, and it is one of FCBs higher-rated QBs, it may be advisible to "handcuff" (draft) another QB from the same team…but do this only for the higher-rated QB positions. And, do this only if your draft lets you keep a large roster (more than 16 players).
– Use your league’s free-agent/supplemental draft system. The one good thing about college QBs is that many productive ones will not get taken in the initial draft. Unlike other positions, good QBs are usually available during the season.