FAU football: Willie Taggart narrows Owls' quarterback competition to 2 players
Florida Atlantic head coach Willie Taggart said his staff is “another step closer” to figuring out its starting quarterback at a press conference held Thursday in Boca Raton.
With the team's final scrimmage Saturday, one week before their game against the No. 13 Gators, Taggart said he'd narrowed the competition for starting quarterback to two players.
“I was really happy with the way they practiced [Thursday],” Taggart said. “We really saw some things that I wanted to see, and our guys were able to do those things. Hopefully in the next few days we can make that decision.”
While he did not mention the players' names, Taggart's most experienced options are Miami Hurricanes transfer N’Kosi Perry and Nick Tronti.
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In three seasons at FAU, Tronti appeared in 21 games, throwing for 1,085 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 378 yards and four touchdowns.
In 2020, Tronti started in seven games, but was also benched twice for redshirt freshman Javion Posey. The athletic Posey has changed positions and will be featured as a gadget player in 2021.
So far through camp, however, Taggart said Tronti has improved.
“[He has] a better understanding of what we’re doing,” Taggart said. “When you understand what to do, then you can play and react a lot quicker than when you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. I think for Nick … he’s worked his tail off in the offseason to put himself in a position to compete for us.”
While Perry transferred late – missing spring practices and the scrimmage – offensive coordinator Michael Johnson mentioned how he has not seen any setbacks since fall camp started.
“He didn’t have a spring, but he’s worked hard in the summer,” Johnson said said. “He comes in each day and tried get as prepared as he can without having those reps in the summer. But he’s worked hard and he’s kind of caught up and almost up to speed now.”
Perry appeared in 24 games at Miami in three seasons, throwing for 2,484 yards and 24 touchdowns.
In the three weeks he has practiced with the Owls, he has thrown at least six touchdowns, including one to tight end Austin Evans in last week’s scrimmage.