"We have two guys who deserve to play in the game so we'll play both of them."
TCU Coach Gary Patterson understands that line of thinking. For the first time in his career he is confronted with the possibility of a two-QB system. In fact, Boykin and Paschal are his two offensive captains for the season opener.
Paschal, a senior, is 15-2 as a starter. Boykin, a sophomore, led TCU to three Big 12 road wins last year in Paschal's absence, including a 39-38 double-overtime win in Morgantown.
"I think I can win with both of them," Patterson said.
Time will tell if Holgorsen can do the same with his finalists - or if he even needs them both at all. The situation could sort itself out in Saturday's season opener.
Texas Tech Coach Kliff Kingsbury mentored Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M last season. Manziel won the job, but took it to another level on the field.
"Until the lights come on and you see them out there doing their thing and it's tackle to the ground, you really don't know exactly what you have," Kingsbury said. "I know last year until that first drive of the Florida game with Johnny, we knew we had a player; we didn't know we had a great player until then."
The Red Raiders may also use multiple quarterbacks at Southern Methodist in college football's opening weekend.
"We're not opposed to playing two guys," Kingsbury said, "if that's the best way to win the game. Whatever we think we need to do to win the game, we'll do as far as those quarterbacks go."
That logic is steering Holgorsen's decision-making as he embarks on this third season as a head coach. He said he is "not as antsy" as he thought he'd be without a starter in game week.
Perhaps that is because he knows he isn't in a situation like a baseball manager without a reliable closer. Maybe Closer A blows three consecutive save chances and gets the hook from the role, but Closer B squanders his chances, too. The committee approach is a byproduct of not having a quality option.
Holgorsen happens to have two players who've performed at such a high level that he's letting the competition continue and his quarterbacks improve.
There's no reason to cringe or avert your eyes.
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