NASHVILLE --- The Tigers once again enter camp with a quarterback battle. Micheal Hughes started the final six games of the season after replacing Treon Harris who was under center through the first five games. Harris, who has made the move to wide receiver, threw for 729 yards and two touchdowns after completing 58 passes on 106 attempts. The senior added another 318 yards on the ground and crossed the goal line on three occasions.
Hughes entered and led the OVC in efficiency at 143.8 as he went 86-for-162 for 1,304 yards and 15 touchdowns. The junior to be was picked off six times last season and looks to improve on his first action as a starter.
Hughes will battle with Minnesota transfer Demry Croft for the main signal caller position. Croft took over for the Gophers half way through the season and started the final six games last year, which included a three touchdown performance against Michigan State.
Cameron Rosendahl has been the surprise in camp and is pushing Hughes and Croft for reps. Rosendahl provides solid depth for the Tigers. The Georgia Military College transfer sat out 2017 with a leg injury after posting two stellar seasons underneath center.
Junior college transfer Kalen Whitlow brings even more athleticism to the unit as a duel threat. Whitlow will continue to battle for time, as well as work in a bit this season as a wide receiver.
Rounding out the position group are true freshmen Solomon Cummings and Deveon Bryant. The twosome will push the other four, but are strong candidates to redshirt.
The Tigers future looks bright at quarterback with options of experience and the ability to return the whole unit in 2019.
|Cameron Rosendahl||6-2||210||R-Jr.||Georgia Military College||21||205-334||3,319||37||11|
|Kalen Whitlow||6-1||190||R-Jr.||Mississippi Gulf Coast CC||7||72-122||733||6||4|
Junior Transfer Quarterback Demry Croft
- On camp
“We started out camp with some errors, but we have been working on it throughout the last couple of weeks. We are doing a pretty good job offensively, moving the ball up and down the field. It’s been pretty key to get guys involved in the run game and the pass game.”
- On the quarterbacks play
“We are getting a lot better in the QB room. We are starting to pick up and put down all the reads. We are putting it all together. We are making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
Freshman Quarterback Solomon Cummings
- On the transition from high school to college
“It is a lot different from high school, from signal calling to reads and learning the defense. It is completely different, but I am starting to pick it up.”
- On what he is learning from the older quarterbacks
“Pocket awareness. Learning the defense and meshing with the offense. Making sure what your check down is, that is very important on the collegiate level.”
Junior College Transfer Kalen Whitlow
- On working at wide receiver and quarterback
“I am enjoying it. Quarterback is a position I have played my whole life, but I like receiver as well. I talked to coach and asked him if I could play both. Wherever I can help the team; that is where I want to play.”
- On asking to throw in some trick plays
“We have had a couple conversations, but basically whatever it takes to win.”
- On the quarterback unit
“We have a very talented group. A lot of these guys can play right away. It is a blessing to be a part of this group. It is very competitive and we just push each other to get better every day.”
Transfer Quarterback Cameron Rosendahl
- On sitting out last season due to injury
“The opportunity to come back is a blessing. I was working just a regular job, I was doing construction. Coach Bradford kept bothering me and wanting me to come. I finally decided to do it, because I thought if I don’t do it now, 20 years later down the road I am going to regret it. So one day, I woke up and said I’m going to do this and here I am. And I am loving it."
- On if it was worth coming back
“Oh yeah, it is a total blessing. Everyone here has been good to me and I love being a part of a team, especially this one. The coaches are doing a good job with us and I feel we are moving towards a strong season.”
- On his role
“I think if you are a quarterback, your role is to compete; no matter who is here. I am just going to be right here competing, day in and day out. I think it is going to make us all better. So that’s my job.”
- On having former GMC teammate Major Bellamy (wide receiver) on the squad
“Yes, it has definitely made it easier. Not just on the field, but off the field as well. Having guys that you are familiar with and just to hang out with, and meet other guys with. But on the field it does help, especially when you are going through a little bit of a drought, you have a guy you know, for sure, will get there.”
Freshman Quarterback Deveon Bryant
- On learning the system
“It’s been going good. It is a big transition. There is a lot more to learn, a lot more to read. It is also a lot faster on the field. I just need to adjust and get ready.”
- On support from the veteran offensive line and coaches
“The line tells us that they got us and they will keep people away from us. I feel safe. There is no reason to just get out and run or stand in the pocket, doing what I need to do and go through my progressions.”
- On coming to TSU
“This is a second home. I love this place and I love being here for the next four to five years. My parents are very proud of me for all of my accomplishments, so I just need to keep doing the things that will make them more proud of me. So I look forward to playing on this field (Hale Stadium). It is going to my best friend.”