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UNLV Rebels still looking for a starting quarterback

Will it be Kurt Palandech or Johnny Stanton under center for UNLV?

NCAA Football: UNLV at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

The UNLV quarterback competition has been going on since the spring when the Rebels brought in junior college transfer Johnny Stanton and junior Kurt Palandech; the latter which saw playing time as a sophomore.

During spring, head coach Tony Sanchez said, "Stanton's a little bit ahead. That's why we gave him the start in the (spring) game, just for his ability to be a natural thrower."

Stanton also is a former four-star recruit who initially signed with Nebraska but then transferred to the JUCO ranks where was an All-American last year. With those credentials a lot of people felt he would be the starter.

Fast-forward to fall camp and there is still no decision after a scrimmage and a week plus worth of practices. The starting quarterback may not be named until the season opener against Jackson State.

"Kurt played real well early and then slowed down a little bit. Johnny started slowly and then played well later, and then they both did some good things at the end," Sanchez said via the Las Vegas Sun. "Our quarterbacks are doing a good job of making some good throws, but they need to be better at making the easy throw.

“When you look at some of the incompletions today, some were on simple, routine throws. Those need to be automatic. We have to be better at making those easy throws."

This is not Sanchez manufacturing a quarterback competition between Stanton and Palandech, but he is taking his time to evaluate the talent he has.

“I said I wanted to make a decision early. But sitting here right now, I think it may be a game-week decision,” Sanchez said Friday after practice concluded. “We may watch them warm-up and figure out who is doing better.”

That sounds like a coach who wants to make sure he makes the right decision and wants to take in as much as he can from each player before making the choice on who will be starting for the Rebels.