DeKALB – Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill may agonize when choosing on a starting quarterback before the Sept. 2 opener at Iowa State. But for now, the Huskies coach isn’t worrying too much about the decision-making process just four practices into training camp.
“There’s really not much to think about yet,” Kill said. “I think they’ve all done a nice job.”
Battling for the position are juniors DeMarcus Grady and Chandler Harnish, along with junior college transfer Casey Weston and redshirt freshmen Jordan Lynch and A.J. Hill.
Kill said he hasn’t seen enough of Harnish – who sat out most of the spring with a knee injury – Weston and Hill to fairly evaluate them yet.
Grady continues to practice with the first-team offense after holding the No. 1 spot on the depth chart through the spring. Harnish has taken snaps with the second team with Weston, who’s adapting to the Huskies offense.
The open competition has become even more interesting as Kill has thrown more at the quarterbacks in earlier practices than he has in the past.
“We’re going against all types of looks and blitzes,” Kill said. “The quarterbacks have to do a lot more. We’re making them catch up with us. That’ll be the tell of all tales: at the end of the day, who’s going to be able to do all the things we’re able to do as a staff.
“A lot of people (say), ‘Boy, that’s going to be a tough decision.’ Nah. That’ll come a lot easier as this thing goes.”