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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 6 28 all the time, be able to stay calm under pressure with the rush, with the blitz, and still make the accurate throw. Those are things we'll work on, but those are things he's demonstrated he can do. We just want to be able to do them each and every time. "I think he has the tools to be a really good one." That's not to say even if Blough delivers with an even better season this year he'll still get all of the snaps. Both Brohms have said they won't hesitate to play another quarterback, and the most likely backup op- tions are returning players, Elijah Sindelar and Jared Sparks. Sindelar got limited action in mop-up time last season, and he'll need to show better decision-making ability, as well, after throwing three interceptions in only 32 attempts. But Sindelar passes the QB look test, big, sturdy, strong-armed. Sparks, perhaps, is the most intriguing option, and not necessarily just for the improvement he showcased as a passer in the spring after his redshirt freshman year. Sparks is one of the team's most dynamic ath- letes. He will get on the field in 2017. It's just a matter of where. "I think we have multiple quarterbacks who could go in there and contribute and do some good things at the position, given the opportunity," Brian Brohm said. "A lot of teams just want to go one guy until that just all breaks down, not giving another guy an opportunity. I don't think we have to be that way. We can sprinkle in a little bit where we're giving our other guys some opportunities to show what they can do. "They don't necessarily have to be different (styles). If they're guys we trust putting in the game that we think can do the job, sometimes it's worth putting them in there and seeing what they can do. If we don't think they're ready or we don't think they're going to do a good job, we're not going to put them in. If we have a good feeling about them and what they can do, we have no problem giving them an opportunity to show us what they can do." RB Heading into last season, Markell Jones was the un- questioned starter in the backfield, especially with the second-most-experienced back on the shelf with a knee Tom Campbell The most-experienced receiving option, senior Greg Phillips, hopes to seize more opportunities in 2017 after having only 17 catches last season.

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