Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said he has not eliminated any of his four quarterbacks from the competition to be the starter against Colorado State on Sept. 1.

MacIntyre said that doesn't mean he believes all four are truly ready to handle the job, he's just not ready to name a starter or give CSU coaches any better idea of who they might face in the opener.

"I don't know if any one of the four could be, but we're getting them all a lot of reps," MacIntyre said. "The way we practice the starter would get just as many reps as the backup or the fourth team guy. They get a ton of reps, which helps them be ready to go."

MacIntyre said he will have to narrow the list and cut the reps for some starting Monday.

Junior Connor Wood is the only one of the four with experience playing at this level. Junior college transfer Jordan Gehrke, a sophomore, is the only other quarterback on the roster who has played at the college level.

Sophomore Stevie Joe Dorman and true freshman Sefo Liufau are also competing for the job.

"I would say all three of the other guys have shown a lot of things and we're experimenting with a few things here in the next couple days to see all of them in different situations and different pressures and that type of thing," MacIntyre said when asked if one or more players were pushing Wood for the job.


If MacIntyre seems unconcerned about naming a starter, he has reason to be. He pointed out that last season at San Jose State, he didn't name a starting quarterback until three days before the season opener and that player broke most of the school's passing records, despite having never played a down of football at Football Bowl Subdivision level.

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