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NMU football: Ostrowsky plans to make quick decision on starting QB

August 9, 2012 - Matt Wellens

First-year Northern Michigan University head coach Chris Ostrowsky knows what way he is leaning in the starting quarterback battle between senior Cody Scepaniak and redshirt freshman Ryan Morely.

But he’s not telling anyone what way he’s leaning just yet.

What Ostrowsky would say hours before his team’s first official practice of the 2012 season this afternoon from his Superior Dome office was the battle will not drag out through camp. He plans to pick a starter early, and stick with his decision.

“For this team right now, it is critical we have a starting quarterback, no question, that can work with the ones and get the reps needed for everyone to feel comfortable,” Ostrowsky said.

Scepaniak backed up senior starter Carter Kopach last season after transferring to NMU from Alfred State in New York. Morley spent the entire season on the sidelines as a true freshman, getting very limited reps in practice.

Both quarterbacks split time this spring with the first and second units, though Morley was given extra reps with the No. 1 unit on numerous occasions to make up for the lack of playing time in the fall.

“We will name a quarterback very quickly so we can move on and have one guy get the reps with the ones and the next guy can factor in playing other places, and or, being our backup quarterback,” Ostrowsky said. “Whatever the case, we’re not going to let this thing go all the way and alternate quarterbacks. That’s not going to happen.”

Besides Scepaniak and Morley, NMU brought in a pair of true freshmen in Jay Tollefson of West De Pere (Wis.) and Chris Nelson out of Mount Wilmot Union in Twin Lakes, Wis.



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