“I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘on purpose’ but I could very easily see it happening,” Kiffin said of the potential to play more than one quarterback. “Without a definitive No. 1 returning starter that’s been named, or something like that, for a long time – obviously it’s fairly close, or else we would have made a decision a while back.”
Last week Kiffin stated that he wanted one final look at the quarterbacks in a scrimmage setting, but it doesn’t sound like Saturday’s final fall scrimmage, a controlled exhibition where the quarterbacks faced scout teams, offered any revelations.
Kiffin did say he thinks he knows who’s going to get the first snaps in Columbus.
“I would say we probably have a very good idea,” Kiffin said, “Probably just want to make sure it’s the right call over the next few days.”
FAU entered camp with a three-way battle behind center, featuring incumbent Chris Robison, Indiana transfer Nick Tronti and former Kent St. signal caller Justin Agner.
A redshirt sophomore, Robison started 11 games and played in all 12 last season en route to being named to Conference USA’s All-Freshman team. He threw for 2,540 yards and 12 touchdowns against 12 interceptions last season, completing 63 percent of his passes.
Robison’s 213 rushing yards were third-most among the Owls and produced an additional three scores.
There wouldn’t have been much need for a battle had Robison not been suspended for all of spring practices while the university investigated an off-field incident, eventually clearing him. Robison did not miss any practices during fall camp, and out-performed Tronti during the fall’s first two scrimmages.
Late in camp Tronti suddenly began committing turnovers, especially in the second scrimmage. Agner essentially fell out of the race when an illness caused him to miss two weeks of camp. He finally received clearance to return to practice on Thursday.
Kiffin doesn’t have a self-imposed deadline for informing the quarterbacks of his choice at starter.
Wide Open: John Mitchell, the Owls’ top receiving threat, did practice on Sunday but Kiffin would not commit to the redshirt junior’s readiness for Saturday. Mitchell suffered a shoulder injury during the second fall scrimmage and has been wearing the black, non-contact, jersey ever since. Don’t look for true freshman quarterback Javion Posey to help make up for a potentially absent Mitchell. Though Posey’s converted to wide receiver, Kiffin still expects Posey to need a few weeks to acclimate to his new position.