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By: Christy Effendie
Athletics Communications Assistant
It is officially game week against San Diego State, and offensive coordinator Tim Plough has yet to officially announce the team’s starting quarterback. With three players competing for playing time, Plough explained that the guy who remains a poised leader, and can consistently put points on the board, will earn the start in the Aggies’ season opener.
From the start of camp through this week’s practices, all three of these individuals have made impressive throws, displayed their knowledge of the team’s offense and enjoyed an intense, yet friendly competition against one another.
Jake Maier, a sophomore transfer out of Long Beach City College, was named the Southern California Football Association Central Division Offensive Player of the Year as a redshirt freshman after completing 268 of 422 passes (.635) for 3,689 yards and 38 touchdowns. Plough identified his biggest strengths are his accuracy and quick release.
Brock Dale, a fifth-year senior whom Plough calls a "consummate leader," also transferred to UC Davis from Long Beach City College after suiting up for the Vikings in 2013 and 2014. Last season with the Ags, he saw action in five games, earned the starting nod at Southern Utah and finished 23-45 for 219 yards.
Junior C.J. Spencer is the only one of the three that has played at UC Davis throughout his entire college career. Though limited to action in just three games in 2016, he completed eight passes for 100 yards and one touchdown, and scored another six points on the ground.
"[C.J.] is a guy that causes lots of problems for defenses with his legs. By improving as a passer, he has become a true dual threat," said Plough.
Overall, the high level of competition brings depth to the quarterback position, something that excites Plough.
"We always talk about there’s no "I" in team, but there is an "I" in win. That "I" stands for individual performance. If those guys can individually perform and do their job, then I think we’ll score a lot of points."