Bulls choose Zordich as starting QB
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 19, 2012 @ 7:39am
After the University at Buffalo Bulls’ second preseason scrimmage, head coach Jeff Quinn chose his starting quarterback: junior dual threat Alex Zordich.
In a competition that was tight throughout camp, Zordich’s comfort in the offense and experience helped him hold off redshirt freshman Joe Licata, a more traditional pocket passer. With the offense built around the talent of workhorse running back Branden Oliver, the Buffalo News’ Bob DiCesare sees Zordich more as a game-manager.
“After looking at all the things that I’ve evaluated along with our coaching staff since last spring ... I felt that Alex had a slight edge,” Quinn said in the Buffalo News article. “I really feel that Alex has a slight edge on controlling the offense, getting us in the right play, being able to move us in the running game as you saw here today along with being able to convert on some key third-down plays where he’s got to be able to deliver the ball.”
While Zordich’s running ability will force linebackers to respect both his ability to tote the ball and Oliver’s, the starting quarterback’s playing mentality is also conducive to injuries—he missed the tail end of his freshman season with a rib injury. Quinn also seemed open to the idea of using both quarterbacks in the same game, almost in a rotational basis. After all, with Zach Collaros and Tony Pike at Cincinnati, Quinn has been in a system that’s open to flip-flopping passers.
Credit to Zordich for nabbing the job, but I don’t think it’s the last we’ve seen this year of Licata.
(Header photo courtesy of Victor E. Bull’s Facebook page).