CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) — What initially started as a four-man quarterback race now comes down to two.
“There’s no question that the two: 1A, 1B tied for first place are (Will) McElvain and (Jacob) Keller,” UNI head coach Mark Farley said during Wednesday’s media day.
McElvain, a redshirt freshman from Des Moines, and Jacob Keller, a sophomore out of Illinois, will battle it out the next three weeks to decide who will take the field against Iowa State on August 31.
“They’re both competitors,” said senior running back Trevor Allen, “They both want to win and they both have the will to win and have the capabilities to be the one.”
Both say a lot of the comes from Dunne as they spent last season watching and learning while waiting for their chance.
“He just kind of taught us to watch film and things like that,” said McElvain, “He was just a smart player and a mentor to everyone in the room.”
Also helping this season is the fact the Panthers return Dunne’s top 6 receiving targets from last season which Keller says is a big help for the next guy stepping in.
“We’ve got a great receiving corps,” he said, “We’ve got a great receiving coach, Coach (Isaac) Fruechte. Those guys come here everyday and work hard. They really want to catch the ball. They really want to win.”
As to who will be getting them the ball, Coach Farley says that honor belongs to one who hangs on to it the best.
“Hopefully we pick the one that can get it closest to the receiver, but it’s still going to come down to incerceptions and sacks, which is timing and knowledge.