Freshman quarterback Mo Fennell, freshman quarterback Tyler Sullivan and junior quarterback Travis Champion are currently competing to see will be the No. 1 signal caller come Sept. 7 when the Statesmen travel to Itta Bena to take on the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils to open the football season. The race for the starting quarterback spot was altered when junior Dennis Robertson was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
“We’ve only been in one week of camp,” Delta State head football coach Todd Cooley said. “I still don’t know who is going to be the guy going into Mississippi Valley. This week is going to be huge.”
Sullivan (6’3”, 235) is a transfer from Northwest Mississippi Community College, who was red-shirted last year at Northwest because of a knee injury. He also went to high school at Winston Academy. Fennell (6’2”, 220) is a transfer from Cerritos Community College and a native of Long Beach, Calif. that played at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and Champion (6’2”, 225) is a transfer from Hampton University where he was the team’s Most Valuable Player on offense. Champion is from Moreno Valley, Calif. and went to high school at Rancho Verde High School.
Cooley said all three quarterbacks have made great progress.
“They are all learning what we’re doing offensively,” Cooley said. “Tyler has an injury right now, so he’s not going to be full throttle for another week and a half or two weeks. He’s getting some indoor work and staying in shape. I thought Travis played pretty well last Saturday, and I’m looking for Morgan Fennell, Big Mo, to have a great week of practice. I’m excited about him. He’s going to get a lot more reps. They’re going to step up like they’re supposed to and that’s what this program is going to be about. When we have a little adversity, the next guy has got to be ready. They’ll be ready.”
DSU will have its second scrimmage of fall practice on Sunday with the time tentatively set for 4:30 p.m.