By Stephen Tsai
Coach Chow was correct to stand by his quarterback. Sean Schroeder was clearly the best in practices. And it is never a good thing for a quarterback to have to worry if every interception or sack will cost him his position. "One snap and clear" is one thing, believing it is another.
And Chow is correct that the ineffectiveness of the offense — an ensemble malfunction — means that the QB position needs to be put out to bid. Too many turnovers; too few yards, points and victories.
A change is expected, much to the public's calling, but this is where the debate does not end but is renewed.
Jeremy Higgins would appear to be the logical choice of change. He provides energy. Meanwhile, he has directed a scoring drives in each of the past two games. He also was intercepted and lost a fumble yesterday. In spring training and training camp, the knock on Higgins was that his passes had the right intent but not velocity. He appears to have corrected that with tutorial sessions with Vince Passas, his former Saint Louis School coach and a respected quarterback instructor.
"Coach Vinny has coached me since I was in sixth grade," Higgins said. "Every time I feel like I'm losing it, I go back to him."
But there is public support for Cayman Shutter.
Even David Graves, who started two games in 2011, has his supporters, notably — and vocally — from some former players. Graves had struggled in spring training and actually was overtaken by Higgins, although UH decided to list them as co-No. 1 quarterbacks entering the summer. Graves, who moved to receiver in training camp, has been on the scout team the past month — as a receiver.