Todd Monken, who’s been around the block more than a few times, makes a good point about his starting quarterback:
Q. How do you best quantify the improvements when you’re talking about Stetson, that he’s made from last year to right now being starting quarterback?
COACH MONKEN: Obviously, second year in the system. Being around us as a coaching staff, what we do offensively is big. And just playing. I think we forgot at times that he really hadn’t played a lot of football here. And I think being around the same players.
I think the consistency that we’ve had at times that we’ve tried to get the ball to those guys have helped. But to me he’s matured in terms of understanding what we want to get done. And also just playing. There’s just the reps that you get in practice and then games that get into your memory bank, whether they’re scars or things you’ve solved or decision-making, I think all comes into that.
And the longer you play — a guy like Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady or those guys or Ryan Fitzpatrick — some of the things they do now they didn’t do early on in their career. That develops over time. And they continued to improve their game and their understanding of what we want done.
Stetson’s flaws have been well documented, but, in fairness, maybe it bears repeating that he really hasn’t been the guy all that long. That’s not just about experience, either. Bryce Young has started a comparable number of games, but under vastly different expectations and circumstances. His career path had a very straightforward course set from the moment he set foot on campus. Bennett’s, by comparison, has been about as on-again, off-again as it could be over the last two seasons. (His own coaches admit they underrated his ability.)