When it rains, it doesn't always have to pour, though UH head coach Kevin Sumlin may disagree. With both star quarterback Case Keenum and competent backup Cotton Turner sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Cougars will be turning to freshmen Terrance Broadway and David Piland to take the reins, so long as the injury bug doesn't bite them as well. Open tryouts, anyone?
It's an interesting situation, if only because Broadway and Piland were supposed to be redshirted to start the year. So, what are we to expect?
Broadway, who stepped in against UCLA and completed five of eight passes for 84 yards, is a dual-threat quarterback who was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, according to Rivals.com. However, for some in-depth analysis, we turn to ESPN.com for the details on what Broadway brings to the table.
He shows a quick delivery and adequate arm strength as a passer in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He makes good decisions with the ball and shows good zip and accuracy particularly on underneath routes.
While Broadway is a well-rounded as an athlete and a pretty savvy quarterback, he is one of those guys that does a lot of things well, but we are not sure he is supreme in any one particular area. Overall, Broadway is versatile and competitive.
In all likelihood, Broadway will get the start against Tulane on Saturday at Robertson Stadium. Piland wasn't on the travel squad for Saturday's game in Pasadena, allowing Broadway to see the field and collect some experience.
Piland comes from a prestigious program in Southlake Carroll (alma mater of Chase Daniel and Greg McElroy). He's not nearly as big as Broadway is, but as ESPN again points out, he's fit for the spread offense, as he excels in making short passes but doesn't necessarily have great arm strength. Then again, Case Keenum's deep ball wasn't emphasized too much, either.
We'll see how it turns out throughout the week, but look for Broadway to have the advantage leading up to Saturday.