In a program as large as Temple’s, there are all sorts of comings and goings even in the best of times.
The Owls are the right fit for most, but they can’t be the right fit for everyone.
That’s why last week’s five-quarterback race is now down to a four-person one with the departure of Overbrook (N.J.’s) Tommy Wyatt.
Although there is no official depth chart, we’ve been told from reliable sources that Wyatt was the fifth quarterback. In a case like that, reading that handwriting on the wall is an important skill and Wyatt’s transfer to Rutgers probably was the best move for all parties.
Right now, the battle for the starting position seems to be between three players—Anthony Russo, Logan Marchi and Frank Nutile—and true freshman Todd Centeio probably could benefit from a redshirt year, which he is likely to get.
Although media members are allowed to only see the final 10 minutes of practice, leaks from others who do see the entire practice say that Marchi is getting most of the reps now. Unless that changes, he is on a straight-line path to be the starter at Notre Dame.
It might be reading too much into the situation, but that appears to be the direction Patenaude is headed this spring.
We won’t know for sure until Cherry and White Day, but my guess is that Marchi will be quarterbacking one team and Russo the other and, if one guy separates himself that day, the sooner the starter will be named.
If it’s a photo finish, then the issue won’t be decided until the summer.
Friday: Cherry Flags
Monday: Red Flags
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