Position breakdown: Quarterbacks
Nathan Stanley and Brayden Scott didn’t just set the bar exponentially high for quarterbacks at Sequoyah. They put the bar in a whole different stratosphere.
Now it’s up to Derrick Bruner or Zach Parish to fill the void left by Scott, who is now at Memphis after compiling 7,069 yards and 90 touchdowns through the air during his four years at Sequoyah. Scott also concluded his career with 20 rushing touchdowns and 7,698 total yards of offense.
“We’ve had three quarterbacks in nine years at Sequoyah,” Sequoyah coach Shane Richardson said. “...The quarterback position has always been taken care of here. Well, now we have an open competition.”
Bruner took some snaps during the 2012 season, but both he and Parish are newbies at the signal caller spot.
“We feel good about the two guys we have competing for that spot,” Richardson said. “Derrick Bruner has been in the program, and Zach Parish is coming to us from basketball. He looks good.”
At Sequoyah’s practice on Thursday, Bruner and Parish both commanded the offense, rotating in and out and sharing the snaps.
“It’s a healthy competition,” Richardson said, “having those two guys go for that one spot.”
With limited time during spring practice and no preseason games in the fall, Richardson said determining a solid No. 1 at quarterback my not be decided on until early on in the regular season.
“I would like for the quarterback competition to play itself out and for us to eventually have a starting quarterback,” Richardson said. “I don’t have a clue who that will be yet, but we’ve got two guys. Without scrimmages, they both might get playing time early on, because we won’t have scrimmages to evaluate them. That may carry on into the regular season, but at some point, we would like to have a starting quarterback.”