August 8, 2007

Are Keller and Ganz in a legit QB race?

Sam Keller and Joe Ganz are picking up this week where they left off at the conclusion of spring drills - in a highly publicized battle to become Nebraska's starting quarterback.

Keller, the senior transfer from Arizona State, and Ganz, a fourth-year junior, both expect to be the starter when the Huskers open their season against Nevada on Sept. 1. Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan said earlier this week that Keller, Ganz, junior Beau Davis and newcomers Zac Lee and Patrick Witt will all be evaluated this month and a starter won't be named until the conclusion of fall camp.

"The rotations will be balanced to begin with across the board. What we'll do is have the ability to stagger the rotations, elevate them, decrease them and lead them through the process. As we start doing that, we'll have ample opportunity to get all these quarterbacks repetitions," Callahan said. "We have such a variety of drills to get them competition and get them evaluated that that is not a concern. There will be ample opportunity for all of them to compete and earn the starting position."

Keller and Ganz are the clear front-runners to replace Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Zac Taylor as the Huskers' signal caller. They shared repetitions with the No. 1 offense during spring ball and both put up good numbers in the Red-White intrasquad game. Keller completed 10-of-13 passes for 193 yards in the spring game while Ganz passed for 157 yards and touchdown. He also ran for a TD in the contest.

Keller and Ganz each bring their own assets to the position.

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