Sophomore quarterback Jake Bleskin has been thrown into a starting role at MSU after senior DeNarius McGhee suffered a shoulder separation Saturday night. Jake says he is ready to make the most of the opportunity.
"I'm excited," said Bleskin. "I've been here for three years now and just kind of been waiting my turn. We all know DeNarius is kind of a big deal and he deserves it. I'm hoping to fill in for what he brings."
One thing the team knows Jake can bring is a big arm. Offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey put it best this afternoon: "He can really spin it."
"He's as smart a quarterback I've ever worked with," said Cramsey. "He knows how to read coverages. He knows where the ball needs to go. He's a competitive kid. Long story shot he can spin it."
"Coach Cramsey says he can spin it and it's a thing of beauty when he throws that ball," said MSU head coach Rob Ash "I'm looking forward to watching him play."
One thing that remains to be seen is what Jake will do when faced with pressure. Bobcat fans have become accustomed to McGhee's style of play. That is the ability to throw and when faced with trouble, the ability to pull the ball down and run. Bleskin is known as a throw first quarterback but the team says he can show off the wheels if he has to.
"Jake's pretty fast," said MSU lineman Quinn Catalano. "A lot of people don't know that but he's mobile. He likes to stand in there and take a shot but he'll throw the ball. He's pass first but if he need to move, he's gonna move."
"It's tough to compare anyone to DeNarius McGhee because he's such a special athlete," said Ash. "But Jake's very mobile. He's got good speed and if he needs to use his feet to get out of trouble, I think he'll be able to do that just fine."