PLAS to vary looks at QB

Published 9:18 pm Monday, August 8, 2011

While Pike Liberal Arts head coach Steven Kilcrease was short to say the Patriots would use a true multi-quarterback system, expect to see a few different numbers behind center in 2011.

Josh Startling is expected to be the Patriots’ starter but Taytom Barnes and Nick McLaughlin will both see action at the quarterback position.

“It gives you a little different look,” said Kilcrease.

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A different look is what the Patriots will most defiantly bring.

The three have contrasting styles that can throw a wrinkle at an opposing defense at any time.

Starling is the pocket passer and game manager of the trio. He will distribute the football and make very few mistakes.

“Josh will see the majority of the snaps,” Kilcrease said. “He does a good job running our offense.”

Barnes is a bit more nimble than Starling and will be looked upon as a play-maker type of quarterback. One who can complete a clutch pass as well as pick up a first down with his feet.

Barnes is a versatile athlete who will keep defenses  on their toes.

McLaughlin will be called upon at times in 2011 also.

The senior will be the bruiser of the bunch with a physical, downhill style attack. Don’t expect to see McLaughlin just tuck the ball and run, however. Kilcrease has been impressed with McLaughlin’s passing skills as well.

“He can throw it,” Kilcrease said. “He can spread the ball around for us at times too.”

The different looks will not only allow Pike to use its number of weapons but also make defenses feel as if they were playing more that 11 players.

“I does make you feel like you have an extra man out there because of the different styles,” said Kilcrease. “We’re going to mix it up but that’s not going to change our offensive philosophy.”

One slight setback the Patriots are facing is a high ankle sprain suffered by Starling several days ago. Kilcrease said he expects Starling to be healed enough by the end of the week to resume practice on Monday.

Pike plays a scrimmage game against Crenshaw Christian Academy Aug. 19.