This time last season, the Cru were in the midst of a fierce quarterback battle between Luke Poorman and transfer Jase Hammack. Hammack eventually won the job and led the Cru to a national title.
This season, though, Hammack is not competing for his job. He is fighting to get healthy after two surgeries this summer, one on his shoulder, the other on his ankle. Hammack was forced to sit out of practice Thursday after going too hard the day before.
Meanwhile, Poorman has been taking reps with the first team.
Head Coach Pete Fredenburg was hesitant to put a timeline on Hammack's return but said he is hopeful the senior will be back in time for the Cru's opener in September. But, no matter what happens, both seniot quarterbacks are willing to do whatever is asked of them for the better of the team.
"My role right now is to try to be the leader I need to be, even if it's getting linemen water when they need water," Hammack said. "Whatever I can do to help my guys and be out there with them and support them."
"My goal is to lead, to be a servant leader, and that's what is most important to me," Poorman said. "However the chips fall in terms of competition, that's what'll happen, but the goal is to be team first."