Connor Frazier and Joe Brennan are roommates, which might make their quest to become Towson’s starting quarterback a little uncomfortable. But Frazier said both players understand that the competition is limited to the football field.
“I think when you’re coming into a camp situation like this, you always have to compete as if you are winning the starting job,” Frazier said. “Joe and I are doing a great job of competing against one another. So I think camp’s going pretty well so far.”
The battle to open the season opener against Central Connecticut on Aug. 30 under center has essentially boiled down to a two-man race between Frazier, a junior, and Brennan, a redshirt senior. And according to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jared Ambrose, one candidate has taken the lead.
“Connor has a leg up, and Joe knows it,” said Ambrose, whose older brother Rob is the Tigers head coach. “But what I’ve seen out of both of them is consistency, which is the name of the game to play quarterback. If you’ve got an inconsistent quarterback, you’re probably not going to come out with a lot of wins.”
Frazier’s edge shouldn’t be surprising considering he helped Towson upend Eastern Washington, 35-31, in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal on Dec. 21. Frazier, who completed 6-of-10 passes for 98 and rushed 18 times for 98 yards and one touchdown while filling in for injured starter Peter Athens, said that experience was invaluable.
“I think it definitely helps me because there’s nothing better than getting actual game-time experience,” he said. “The good thing about our practices here with our coaches is, we always practice like we’re playing a game with our tempo and everything. So that really helped me last year going into those games that I had to play.”
Brennan, who transferred from Wisconsin after the 2011 season, has not appeared in any games in two years at Towson, but he said he doesn’t view himself as an underdog.
“I just focus on the things that I can control,” Brennan said. “I just come out here and try to improve each day and just let things take care of themselves.”
At 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds, Brennan has the prototypical size coaches covet in a quarterback and has a strong right arm. Frazier is three inches shorter and eight pounds lighter, but his mobility makes him a danger to either extend a play in the pocket or run for yardage.
Despite Frazier’s edge, Ambrose said a starter likely won’t be announced until the week leading up to the Central Connecticut opener.
“It’s kind of one of those things where you know when you know,” Ambrose said. “Last year, Connor and Peter competed for the job, and I think we got through our second scrimmage and there was one blatantly obvious situation where the guys were more comfortable with Pete behind them taking the snaps. And you could just see a little bit more production consistently with Peter. And that will be the same thing. We have yet to have a scrimmage, and we will evaluate that to see the two. Like I said, Con’s got a leg up, and if I know Connor, he’s not going to relent at all. He’s not going to give Joe an inch – even if they are roommates.”