If Mark Farley has decided who will start at quarterback for UNI he is not letting anyone know. The Panthers open at home on Saturday against North Dakota State and junior Zach Davis and junior college transfer Tirrell Rennie are competing for the spot. Farley says there really hasn’t been the separation between them that he thought he might see, and he says he is comfortable with either one and will make a decision as the week progresses.
Farley says there is no plan right now to have both of them play on Saturday. He says the plan is to say both would see the field, but he can’t project what will happen in the game. Farley says they have to see how things will unfold before determing who plays.
In another example of a former one-double-a team beating a school from a larger conference North Dakota State opened the season with a 6-3 win at Kansas. Farley says 1-A looks at them differently like it is some kind of upset, but he cites the Youngstown State game as an example of how one-double-A teams can hang in and if the other team makes a mistake, they can win.
This will be the opener for U.N.I. but Bison coach Craig Bohl says he knows what to expect. Bohl says the Panthers have been the most physical and explosive team on the schedule. After winning at Kansas Bohl says the Bison face an even tougher challenge this week. He says the environment in Cedar Falls will be much more hostile as he says the environment at Kansas was more docile, and he believes U.N.I. is a better opponent.
By Elwin Huffman KOEL, Oelwein