There has been a battle at quarterback at UNI this spring. Veteran Eric Sanders is the established starter but the Panthers need to find a backup as they get set for Saturday’s spring game. UNI coach Mark Farley says Pat Grace has gotten a lot of snaps and D.P Eyman has really come along since his freshman year and put himself into the competition as backup.
Farley says it takes a lot of work to find a backup so you can get confidence in him. Farley says you "just don’t throw the keys to the car" to a new quarterback, and that’s why it takes time.
Another position battle of interest this spring has been at tight end, where Austin Howard has had a good spring and Farley says Schuylar Oordt has done well as has Sam Peterson.
Farley says most of the position battles have already been evaluated by the coaches before the spring game. He says they now want to finalize the last couple of spots. Farley says there shouldn’t be any big surprises in the spring game. The Panthers will open the season August 30th at home against Minnesota State.