Vailas named starting QB
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013 22:08
The UNH Wildcats announced Friday evening that Andy Vailas will be the starting quarterback when the team kicks off the regular season Sept. 7 at Central Michigan. The decision has been made after months of offseason competition between Vailas and sophomore Sean Goldrich for the starting position.
Running a dual-quarterback offense was not part of Sean McDonnell’s gameplan.
In the weeks leading up to the start of the fall semester at UNH, Sean McDonnell said he would eventually have to pick one of them to be “the one.” It was a good situation for McDonnell, but a difficult decision to consider.
Each of the two quarterbacks have proven themselves over the last year to be worthy of the position, culminating on Thursday where they put on a quarterback clinic completing 24-of-27 passes combined in the fall Blue-White game.
Vailas and Goldrich bring different skill sets to the field in their play styles. While Goldrich makes most of his plays from the pocket, Vailas likes to get outside and find room to either make a pass downfield or breakout in a run down the sideline.
Since the departure of Kevin Decker after the 2011 season, the Wildcats have been juggling the starting role between Vailas and Goldrich.
At the end of the 2012 preseason, Goldrich received the nod and filled the starting role. Goldrich shined in the season opener (and his collegiate debut) against Holy Cross. A week later, against Minnesota, Goldrich was knocked out the game on the second play.
Vailas stepped in to fill the role until Goldrich could return to the field.
This was the start of a season long battle for the position as one quarterback would take over for the other and up the ante each time.
But for this season, it was time to settle on one and McDonnell is putting his chips in on Vailas.