With Arizona State looming just around the corner, the Weber State football team still has decisions to make, particularly at quarterback. With what is quickly becoming a broken record around college football teams in the state of Utah, count Weber State as yet another program having trouble determining who the starter at QB will be.
At this point, the battle in Ogden is between two players: Sophomore Jadrian Clark and BYU transfer Billy Green. Clark was the starter going into fall camp on account of last year’s starter running out of eligibility. However, Clark’s status may have changed.
About Clark: he played sparingly last season, appearing in four games for Weber State while throwing for five yards on 2-for-6 passing–not exactly Earth-shattering stats. He did better running the football though, carrying it four times for 21 yards in one game against Utah State.
Clark has the size to play the position at 6-feet-3-inches and 215 pounds–but the kicker with him is, can he stay healthy? He red-shirted the 2012 season, played just a few snaps last year and had nice numbers in high school.
As you can see here from Clark’s highlights as a second-team All-State selection out of a Lakeland, Fla. high school, he can throw the deep out–he just hasn’t had much of an opportunity to showcase his talents at Weber State.
Even when Clark has been given opportunities–such as the final scrimmage of fall camp–he was banged up with a hamstring injury. Even so, Clark still threw for 78 yards and one touchdown that day–nearly equaling the numbers of his competitor.
Billy Green, Clark’s competitor for the starting job, transferred from BYU this off-season. The 6-foot-2-inch, 206-pound player from Woodway, Wash. was highly touted coming out of high school. Notre Dame and several Pac-12 schools were after Green’s services–but Green still opted to play at BYU.
Green’s time in Provo, however, was limited to spot duty in a game against Idaho State. He also played on the scout team.
So Green opted to transfer to Weber State to try to play immediately. So far, Green hasn’t exactly set Ogden on fire with his talents, throwing for just 80 yards on 5-for-7 passing attempts and one touchdown during the Wildcats’ final scrimmage. In other words, the decision to name a starter at QB is still too close to call, according to new Weber State head coach Jay Hill.
Part of Hill’s reservation has to do with Clark still recovering from a pulled hamstring and the rest just has to do with Hill himself. All told, in the Wildcats’ final scrimmage, the offense gained 160 yards passing–and had 150 yards rushing. The defense did its job though, registering four total sacks on Clark and Green and the other Wildcats QB hopefuls.
“Billy (Green) is doing a great job, and Jadrian’s coming along,” said Hill in an interview with the Ogden Standard-Examiner on Wed. Aug. 20. “It’s a big decision and I want to be sure about it.”