Friday, March 22, 2013
Early results in Syracuse QB battle
By Vince Verhei
Brent Axe of the Syracuse Post-Standard says that Charley Loeb, Terrel Hunt, and John Kinder got equal reps with the first-team offense in the first spring drills for the Syracuse Orange. He also offers detailed notes on how each quarterback looked as they compete for the starting job:
* Loeb: "Charley definitely has the strongest arm and is the most mechanically sound of the three quarterbacks, which you would expect from the player with the most experience. ... Loeb had a pretty solid day one. Most of his throws were on target in drills and 11-on-11 work. He was pulled from an early drill on the first team, but early mistakes are to be expected on the first day. His throws have some velocity when they come off the hand, but fade quickly past 25-30 yards. He is similar to Ryan Nassib in that capacity. His delivery needs to be faster as well."
* Hunt: "Hunt seems to be the proverbial guy in the middle. His arm isn't as strong as Loeb, but it is by no means weak. He isn't as fast as Kinder, but he can move. Hunt has a slower, more deliberate style, but his fundamentals are solid. He has a chance to really make a move in spring ball in my opinion."
* Kinder: "It is only day one, but I think John Kinder took a step behind Loeb and Hunt out of the shoot. Kinder made several tough throws in drill work and 11-on-11 play that the film will not look kindly on. ... Kinder has an odd hitch in his delivery and his velocity doesn't compare to the other two at this point."