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Published: Thursday, 9/22/2011

End Zone: UT 09-22


Like a pot of water threatening to boil over, Toledo's quarterback controversy between Austin Dantin and Terrance Owens has never been hotter. The saga has seemingly developed a new twist every day since Owens took the majority of snaps in last Friday's loss to No. 4 Boise State.

Yesterday, coach Tim Beckman fanned the flames a bit when he announced that a starter would not be named until after today's practice, a day later than expected and the latest that the position battle has gone on during a game week this season. In the three weeks prior to this one, Beckman had named Dantin as the Rockets' starting quarterback at least three days prior to the game. This time around, everybody is left waiting to hear if it'll be Dantin or Owens less than 48 hours before kickoff against Syracuse.

Beckman maintained earlier this week that both quarterbacks would again be used against the Orange and offered no indication that the rotation would be going away any time soon. That hasn't stopped some UT fans from starting a petition on one of the Rocket message boards to put an end to the two-quarterback system. The fans I've heard from want Owens to be handed the keys to the UT offense on a full-time, no-sharing basis.

At this point, however, neither quarterback has shown enough to merit being handed anything. So, with no end in sight, the complaints, controversy, and cohabitation behind center will continue to boil.

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