MURFREESBORO – Cody Miller and Brendan Matthews held backup quarterback roles in 2014.
That will change for one of the two Oakland signal callers this year.
Which one? It may take over a month for that decision to be made.
Miller and Matthews — both rising juniors — started what could be the biggest position battle for the upcoming season earlier this week with the start of practice.
“Competition is what makes the world go round,” Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. “As long as there is competition, there are people that are going to have to fight for a job.
“The worst-case scenario is that we are going to have one guy shine over the other. But more than likely we are going to have two quarterbacks that can play — maybe three.”
Matthews and Miller took turns taking snaps on Tuesday during the Patriots’ passing drills. Both had their share of good moments. And both missed on passes at times.
But both showed they are feasible candidates for the starting role.
Oakland, which finished 12-2 in 2014, played three quarterbacks in 2014.
Christian Haffner began the season as the starter with Miller backing up. JaCorey Smith became the starter near halfway through the regular season after coming back from a broken collarbone. But Smith graduated and Haffner moved away.
Both Matthews and Miller have game-time experience.
Matthews, who transferred from Independence when his dad, Mike Matthews, was named an Oakland assistant, completed 25-of-38 passes for 397 yards with two touchdowns as a backup to Andrew Bunch. Matthews played at Father Ryan his freshman season.
And Miller, who has been a backup on the varsity at Oakland his first two years, completed 34-of-59 passes for 461 yards with five touchdowns.
“It’s always fun competing and trying to win the spot,” Miller said.”
Matthews didn’t arrive at Oakland until the last week prior to the dead period.
“I think we’re going to push each other,” Matthews said. “I think it could be a situation kind of like at Independence where we had the two best quarterbacks in the county on the same team.”
Time will tell.
The two quarterbacks also face the task of both learning a new offense. Creasy has moved Oakland from a spread offense to a Wing-T base.
“It’s a versatile Wing-T,” Miller said. “There are a lot of different attacking points that we can use.
“We’ve got a lot of athletes on offense. We’re just trying to space out and get them the ball in open space.”
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