Ryan Katz Named San Diego State Starting Quarterback

TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Ryan Katz #12 of the Oregon State Beavers throws a pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Head coach Rocky Long has made a choice for his starting quarterback and after going through a spring and a week of fall camp evaluating, the starter will be former Oregon State quarterback Ryan Katz. Despite that Adam Dingwell was in the system for a year, Katz was able to beat him out.

Long said that the choice to choose Katz over Dingwell was not an easy decision:

"I don't think it's a clear-cut decision," Long said after the Aztecs' first of two practices on Monday. "But as I've told you, I believe that you have to name a starter so that he gets a lot of reps with the first team so that he's sharp when he gets to the first game. I think you do a disservice when you alternate or don't have a starter."

[...]

"(Katz) has been the most consistent quarterback," Long said. "He's not always the best on that day, but overall, he's had more good days. ... He's very accurate with the football. Adam's got control of the huddle, too."

Katz was not made available after practice to discuss him winning the quarterback position. However, outside of have more good days and being more consistent in practice, Long also said that Katz's experience as a starter at Oregon State also played into naming him the starter.

The decision by Long to name a starter now even though the competition was close is because Long wants one guy in charge of the offense and taking the first team reps.

For more Mountain West Connection

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mountain West Connection

You must be a member of Mountain West Connection to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mountain West Connection. You should read them.

Join Mountain West Connection

You must be a member of Mountain West Connection to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mountain West Connection. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker