Advertisement

 STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh hoped to be able to announce who his starting quarterback would be for the season opener by this point of training camp.
After the Cardinal's first scrimmage of the summer on Tuesday, Harbaugh was only ready to reveal a temporary depth chart that has Tavita Pritchard ahead of Alex Loukas and Jason Forcier.
Whether that will be the same pecking order when the season opens Aug. 28 against Oregon State depends on how the three practice in the upcoming days.
``We're not talking about a huge difference,'' Harbaugh said after the closed scrimmage Tuesday. ``We have three guys we believe we can win with. I know it's a luxury in college football these days. I feel very good about it. We're just training them all like they're going to be the starter.''
But Harbaugh did say the time had come to narrow down the competition so Pritchard will get the most practice time with the starters, followed by Loukas and then Forcier.
Up until now, the three have basically gotten equal practice time as Harbaugh let the competition play out.
``There was some struggling going on early. I think they were pressing,'' Harbaugh said. ``But since practice six, they've really made great strides, all in different ways.''
Pritchard was the only one of the quarterbacks who entered camp with any significant collegiate experience. He started seven games a year ago, including the memorable 24-23 upset at No. 2 Southern California.
Pritchard engineered a late drive for the winning score, connecting on a 10-yard pass on fourth down to Mark Bradford with 49 seconds left.
Pritchard had less success after that, winning only one more game in his final six starts. He completed 50 percent of his passes last season for 1,114 yards, five touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Pritchard said he believes the competition has raised the level of all three of the quarterbacks.
``It's not a case where we're not playing well and that's why the decision has been hard,'' he said. ``Really all three of us have come out and competed hard and made plays. I think that's made the decision tough. I think a lot of teams in the Pac-10 would like a quarterback situation like we have.''
Loukas has yet to appear in a game in his first two years at Stanford. But he impressed the coaching staff in practice last fall and had a strong spring performance to get into the mix for the starting job.
Forcier sat out last year after transferring to Stanford from Michigan, winning an award as one of the top scout team players for the Cardinal.
Forcier was a heralded recruit coming out of high school and redshirted his first year at Michigan. He played sparingly as Chad Henne's backup in 2006, completing all three passes he threw. But he decided to transfer because he didn't feel his athletic style fit Michigan's system under former coach Lloyd Carr.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

ACC Conference Preview on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
Handicapping 2016 Win Totals on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
Big 12 Conference Betting Preview on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
2016 College Conference Previews on Sun, Jul 2016 by Blade
Advertisement

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  
Advertisement

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Iowa Win Total Prediction Following a Big Ten West Division Championship in 2015, can the Iowa Hawkeyes put together another big year in 2016?
Thumbnail Washington State Win Total Prediction After winning 10 games a year ago, will the Washington State Cougars build off their 2015 campaign or take a step back in 2016?
Thumbnail Oklahoma State Season Win Total Prediction Even in the pass-happy Big 12, a true contender for the conference championship must gain tough yards on the ground. That explains precisely where Oklahoma...
Thumbnail Wisconsin Win Total Prediction After a 10-win season in 2015, can the Wisconsin Badgers make a push for the Big Ten Championship in 2016?
Thumbnail Florida Season Win Total Prediction   The ever-brief Will Muschamp era left the bulk of Florida fans in a state of discontent. There seems to be a profound sense of renewed hope, however, under Jim...
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages

Advertisement