Borel making move to quarterback

With the departure of quarterback Leon Jackson III, the race for the starting job appeared to be a two-man race between back-up Jase McCormick and Sean Setzer, but sophomore Diondre Borel has thrown himself into the mix with a good spring.
“He’s very, very good running the football and he has a good arm,” Utah State football coach Brent Guy said.
Being young and raw, Guy know Borel’s development will take time.
For example: In a short scrimmage a week ago, Borel faced a third-and-4, near the goal line and instead of tuck the ball down and getting the first down, he tried to make a bigger play and didn’t get it and they were forced to kick a field goal.
If he would have just tucked it and ran he would have had the first down, and a chance for a touchdown.
“It’s going to take him some time. He has never played the position (in college), but he does have a lot of talent especially in the sprint-out game and the boot game,” Guy said.
Borel (6-feet, 185 pounds) is no stranger to the quarterback position, though, because he played it in high school. However, last year he played wide receiver and had one catch for eight yards, and had five carries for 10 yards.
“I need to learn the system and learn all the plays and I should be fine,” he said. “…I’ve got to study more and watch some more film so I can get used to it and know where everyone is at on the field at all times. As the quarterback you have to know where everyone is at and know what the defense is doing.”
As a quarterback at Freedom High School (Calif.) he threw for 1,492 yards for 15 touchdowns, while rushing for 744 yards and 12 scores his senior year, and he had just four interceptions.
“I like throwing the ball a lot,” he said.
Now he’s trying to take the same success to the college field, and after just two weeks in spring drills he is showing signs of improvement.
In a surprise 109-play scrimmage Friday, Borel engineered a 19-play drive, which included a 20-yard pass to redshirt freshman wide out Stanley Morrision. He also converted first downs in key third-down situations.
“Right now I just have to get used to the system,” he said. “…I see myself as a quarterback for the rest of my career. I was a quarterback in high school and I’m used to it. I feel comfortable there in that spot.”

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