1. It’s still a two-quarterback system
Redshirt senior Quentin Williams was named the team’s starter Thursday and played nine of the Wildcats’ 13 offensive drives, but Larry Brihm was also utilized in the game.
Brihm entered on B-CU’s third possession and completed a 10-yard pass to Jawill Davis to move the chains for the first time. He finished 2 of 4 for 18 yards and one interception.
Williams completed 2 of 7 attempts for 8 yards and a pick, while taking five sacks.
“I felt like a lot of that fell on me not having a sense of urgency,” Williams said of B-CU’s struggles in the passing game. “I came out slow in the beginning game, and I should have been more decisive.”
B-CU has maintained a two-quarterback system for the better part of the last five years, and it appears that will continue throughout the 2015 season.
2. Young defense flashed
It wasn’t all bad for the Wildcats, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Nine new starters took the field, including four freshmen — defensive tackle Jamal Thomas, middle linebacker Trenton Bridges and cornerbacks Elliott Miller and James Darby.
Darby made a strong play on Miami’s opening series, reading a wide receiver screen and tackling Stacy Coley for a 2-yard loss on 3rd-and-1. Ocala native Deonte Mayo, another redshirt freshman, had one sack and forced a fumble.
“They did phenomenal. I love playing with those guys,” senior safety Marquis Drayton said. “We’ve got two freshmen corners, a young D-line, and I’ll go to war with them any day.”
3. Not-so-special teams