Position battles are a part of football. Every team has them, and coaches can only hope the competition for starting roles makes every player involved that much better.

That’s what Coach Sam McElroy and staff hopes is the result from Tarleton State’s current three man battle for the most important position on the field—starting quarterback.

With the departure of last year’s star, Richard Bartel, the Texans have a quarterback controversy on their hands with just three weeks until the 2007 season opener. Senior David Durrell, junior Logan Cordes and freshman transfer Scott Grantham are each fighting for the job.

Durrell has the most playing time of the three, having started six games for Tarleton two years ago, but it was Cordes who played as Bartel’s back-up last year. He made the most of his limited playing time, completing 10 of 11 pass attempts. Grantham, meanwhile was recruited by Division 1A New Mexico State after playing high school ball in El Paso. He redshirted in 2006 before transferring to Tarleton.

“It’s way too early to tell,” McElroy said when asked Thursday who would start for the Texans. “A lot of things are going to happen the next couple weeks to determine that.”

All three QBs got work in Thursday, as Grantham and Cordes alternated snaps running the first-team offense, while Durrell worked with the second team.

“Someone will separate himself,” McElroy said. “We’re just going to put them all in a position to do just that.”

If competition does indeed make each player better, the Texans biggest question mark could very well turn into one of the squad’s deepest positions.