FORT VALLEY -- Donald Pittman has a problem that some coaches might lose sleep over.
With 13 days remaining before his teams matchup with defending Division II national champion Valdosta State, Pittman candidly admits he has no idea who will be the first quarterback to take a snap for his Fort Valley State Wildcats.
In fact, Pittman is not even ready to cut the list to two yet, insisting that Eugene Smith, Malcolm Eddy and Christopher Brumfield all still have a chance to win the job.
I see it as a huge plus for this football team, because all three of those guys are battling every single practice, said Pittman, whose team is coming off of a 8-4 record that saw it make it to the Division II playoffs. Those guys are graded after every single practice, and each one of them brings something that is a little different. Eugene is a big strong guy who throws with great accuracy and has started for us before. Malcolm also has a very strong arm and is easily the most athletic of the three, and Chris brings a little bit of both, but he is not as accurate of a passer as the other two.
They are getting equal snaps at practice, and the job is still up for grabs. Who know, I might decide to play all three of them.
The Wildcats were hit by some budget cuts this year, and Pittman was forced to let some coaches go, but what was an initial worry for Pittman has worked itself out.
We actually have more coaches this year than we have ever had, but we are relying more on some part-time and volunteer assistants, said Pittman, who said he has been able to move around the field more and not just focus on the quarterbacks. We have been very lucky to have some quality coaches come in and help us out, but I do try and not overwork them too much. The part-time guys and volunteer coaches are giving us their time, and that keeps them away from their families.
I just cant even say how much I appreciate what they are doing for our program, and they are all doing a great job.
Fort Valley State will have another huge disadvantage with only three home games this year.
We open up against Valdosta State in Macon, but that really isnt an advantage for us, Pittman said. They will probably have as many fans there as we will. I feel bad for the seniors only having three home games, but thats just the way the schedule fell this year.
Opening up with Valdosta State will give the Fort Valley State a gauge to see where it is as a team. Valdosta State pounded the Wildcats 62-14 last year. In fact, that score is evident at practice because that is the score that sits on the scoreboard every day.
We are definitely motivated to play them, and we havent forgotten how bad they beat us last year, said junior running back Seth Hill, who was a starter last year. The extra week will be good for us, and we are all very anxious to come out and see how much we have improved. I feel like we are getting better every day, and we are all very anxious to get the season started.