With starting quarterback Dustin Thomas down for an extended period of time, his true freshman backup Chris Polony will be taking over his starting spot. Coming out of high school, Polony was a relatively highly touted recruit (3 stars or so) by scouting services.
Last summer, Tom Luginbill from ESPN Scouts Inc. (who I despise) said this:
There's a problem though.. For one, Polony completed less than 50 percent of his passing attempts his senior year and threw more interceptions than he did touchdowns. Another problem is that he was quite clearly the third or fourth best quarterback I saw In the practices I attended. I thought that he held onto the ball for a long time and his release was deliberate at best."Chris Polony really impressed with excellent velocity and fluid delivery mechanics. He has good height and a thick build with plenty of room for added bulk and more definition to his frame. His release stood out immediately as he was able to get rid of the ball in a hurry and he has a nice feel for dropping from center, pulling up, planting and getting the ball out on time."
I fear that playing him is asking him to take a beating behind this offensive line, which is why I would start Christian Culicerto so Polony wouldn't have to burn his redshirt or take a serious beating. Then again, I'm not a football coach.