QB situation muddy at Wake

No continuity under center yet

Associated PressOctober 6, 2010 

— Wake Forest's quarterback situation remains a question mark.

Because of mounting injuries at that position, coach Jim Grobe says he probably won't settle on a starter for the Navy game until later this week.

"I would say we'll just let the kids practice this week and figure out after Thursday where we are," Grobe said Tuesday.

Grobe said freshman Tanner Price, who was knocked out of his second career start with a concussion, is "probably going to get the lion's share of the snaps ... because he's now the healthy one of the group."

The team's depth chart released later Tuesday listed the starter as either Price or Skylar Jones, with Brendan Cross behind them.

Price, who returned to practice Monday night, was held out of last week's Georgia Tech loss as a precaution after he was hurt the week before at Florida State.

The Demon Deacons (2-3, 1-2 ACC) wound up being down to their fourth QB against the Yellow Jackets in Jones, who isn't a typical No. 4 quarterback - he was, after all, listed as the starter following spring drills.

He played through turf toe but finished the game, completing 9 of 20 passes for 105 yards in his first extended game action at quarterback.

He entered after starter Ted Stachitas left with back pain and Cross injured his nonthrowing shoulder when he was tackled while scrambling. Grobe said Tuesday that Stachitas might miss three to four weeks with a fractured bone in his back.

"I think our focus is probably [to] get Brendan healthy, let Sky do as much as he can and kind of play that by ear, see how he feels running around, and then try to get Tanner as much work as possible," Grobe said.

The position has been a revolving door all season, one reason why the Demon Deacons have lost three straight entering the matchup with Navy (2-2).

Stachitas started the first two games, both wins, but injured his nonthrowing hand against Duke. Price started the following two games - both road losses to teams currently ranked in the Top 25, No. 16 Stanford and No. 23 Florida State - before he was hurt against the Seminoles.

"Every quarterback they have, A, can run and is dangerous with the football in their hands, and, B, can throw the ball effectively," Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green said. "Whatever quarterback plays can execute the offense. All the quarterbacks have played all season long and done a good job."

The lack of continuity at quarterback is an unfamiliar position for Wake Forest, which relied on Riley Skinner for virtually four full seasons.

"It's new to me as well, because I've never seen that in all the years I've been here," senior running back Josh Adams said. "I don't know what the problem is, or why they've been hurt, what the deal is, but hopefully this week all the quarterbacks are back in the rotation.

"Riley had a lot of experience," Adams added. "He knew when and when not to take some hits. Once the guys understand that and understand the importance of the job, and slide instead of going head-first, then we'll be able to keep some quarterbacks healthy."

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