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Quarterback controversy brewing in Cedar Falls?


Cedar Falls, Iowa -- Pat Grace was playing his best football of the season.  Then in the 4th quarter against North Dakota State, the reigning conference offensive player of the week took a helmet shot to the right knee.  Grace could have played Saturday versus Western Illinois.

"We told Zach he was the starter earlier in the week, but told Pat to be ready to roll because if things were starting to struggle, we were going to put Pat in the game," said head coach Mark Farley.

Grace was not available last Saturday at Youngstown State, so with just 7 career pass attempts going in to the game redshirt freshman Zach Davis did what rookie quarterbacks aren't supposed to do, win on the road.  This Saturday he did it again using his elusiveness to  complete 13 of 21 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown and most importantly zero turnovers...

"He's a great quarterback," says running back Corey Lewis.  "He knows how to step up in the pocket and where to run and where to stay alive, so Zach's doing a great job filling in for Grace."

"I don't know if he's young and not really understanding the pressure," adds offensive tackle Bob Swift, "but he's doing a great job  He doesn't provide the same type of threats that Pat does but he's making good decisions and playing great football."

With the easiest part of the schedule remaining, how long does Zach Davis remain the starting quarterback?

According to Farley, probably not much longer, "I think Pat and Zach are both starting quarterbacks for us and Pat will be our starter when the time is right."

It's called a good problem.  The first place Panthers have two winning quarterbacks.... 

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