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Quarterback Competition Just Heating up for Carroll Saints

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It was a bit nippy out but nonetheless still a great day for Carroll College to have their first football practice of the season. Now a lot of people's eyes will be glued to the quarterback battle. This year it's between JT Linder and Mac Roche as they battle for the starting job. But according to coach Van Diest, those aren't his only options.

"Well it's going to be great to see how Mac Roche, JT Linder, how Tanner Gustenson do," said Van Diest. "We've got a third year player, a second year player, and a first year player. So nobody really has any advantage over the other one because nobody has had to play a game and win a game."

It's been a couple years since Carroll had to find a quarterback to take the starting job. Dakota Stonehouse led a saints squad the last two years that only lost six games. A ton of pressure for the young fellas.

"You know I'm a competitor," said junior quarterback Mac Roche. "I just want to come out her have fun, get a win, and just compete like I said."

"I'm just excited to compete, that's kind of what the coaches have stressed this whole winter ball, winter conditioning sessions," said sophomore quarterback JT Linder. "So I'm excited that Spring ball is starting up now to work compete and work hard at it."

"What we need from that position is obviously leadership," adds Van Diest. "It goes with the territory. By the position, by the nature of the position you're going to be a great leader. But how do you carry yourself through adversity? How do you make plays when it's third and ten and you have got to make the proper throw, the proper check at the line of scrimmage. Just how the teammates respond to you in the huddle."

Now it's only day one of spring ball so we're a long ways away from this decision, but we'll keep an eye on it. 


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