But at Tuesday's media day, Western Kentucky University's first-year head coach said he is not close to naming a starter for the Sept.4 season opener at Nebraska.
Junior-college transfer Matt Pelesasa came out of spring practice as the leader and tops the fall depth chart. Kawaun Jakes is the returning starter but missed most of the spring with a sprained right ankle. True freshman Brandon Doughty also will have a shot.
Taggart was asked to handicap the race after one practice.
“After yesterday's practice, nobody is leading,” he said. “All three of those guys did some pretty good things yesterday. All three did some pretty bad things, too. But I like where we're at. I think those guys understand that we're going to have a guy. We're going to have one quarterback.”That quarterback will try to snap the longest Football Bowl Subdivision losing streak at 20 games.“We're not going to have a winning team until we have a consistent quarterback,” said Taggart, who starred at the position for WKU. “That's what I'm looking for: a guy who can come in day in, day out and be consistent and lead our football team. Some of those guys don't know how to lead. Being a quarterback, that just comes with the position “
Pelesasa, a transfer from the College of San Mateo, completed 8of12 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. According to passing game coordinator Mike Sanford, Pelesasa is the most familiar with the West Coast offense, running it in high school. Jakes is the most experienced after playing in 11 games and starting eight last season. Doughty, a Floridian, was a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com.