UNI coach Mark Farley is confident in the the quarterback spot even though the Panthers lost four year starter Eric Sanders. Junior Pat Grace takes over the offense and Farley says his ability to run the ball will give the offense an added dimension.

Farley says this will open up the playbook as Grace wants to run, while Sanders wanted to run, but they didn’t want Sanders to run. Farley says Grace has the size to be able to run and take the hits.

Farley says Grace’s combination of running and passing will make him effective.He says the toughest thing to defend is a quarterback that wants to run, as even when the quarterback drops back to pass, the Q.B.  race says knowing his coach has confidence in him will help him get ready for the season.

Grace feels his ability to run the ball will add another threat, as he says he can get outside the pocket and throw, or have the option to run. UNI opens August 30th at BYU.