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Charlie Strong: Decision on USF starting QB must come soon

The Bulls' second-year coach also didn't rule out playing all three of his quarterbacks in the season opener
USF quarterbacks Chris Oladokun (far left), Brett Kean (second from left) and Blake Barnett (second from right) are battling for the starting job. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Aug. 15, 2018
Updated Aug. 15, 2018

For a few days now, we've speculated USF coaches are close to settling — or at least narrowing — their three-player quarterback derby.

On Wednesday morning, Charlie Strong suggested that's the case.

Speaking to WDAE radio morning hosts Ronnie Lane and Tom Krasniqi, Strong indicated a decision on the starter — transfer Blake Barnett, redshirt sophomore Chris Oladokun or fourth-year junior Brett Kean — could be forthcoming. Whether the decision will be revealed publicly is uncertain.

"We're gonna have to make a decision here soon, just because the team needs to be able to hear the voice of who's the quarterback, who's gonna lead us," Strong said. "And then we can continue to build and mold this football team."

The Bulls hold their second closed preseason scrimmage this Saturday, then open the season two Saturdays later at home against Elon. Though Strong would like to have a No. 1 guy in place well before Sept. 1, he added the possibility remains all three contenders could play in the opener.

"They can all do just different skill sets," Strong said.

"Blake is 6-foot-5, 6-6, has a really strong arm. Kean has a very strong arm. Oladokun can beat you with the feet and his hands. So it's just gonna be interesting. I'm not gonna say we won't play all three in the first game, but you'd like to just settle it down to one."