By Brian Murphy
Junior Dominique Blackman won Idaho's starting quarterback job, coach Robb Akey confirmed Monday night. Blackman broke the news on his Twitter feed earlier in the day.
Blackman, a 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, transferred to Idaho last year. He sat out the 2011 season. Blackman impressed in fall scrimmages, besting Taylor Davis for the starting spot. In two scrimmages, Blackman has completed 25-of-35 passes for 348 yards and six touchdowns (no interceptions).
"I’ve been telling everybody we needed separation to come about at the quarterback position. We feel that separation has created itself throughout this camp. Taking into account the practices as well as the scrimmages, the preparation, we have make Dominique our starting quarterback. He’s very excited about that," Akey said.
Idaho opens its season Aug. 30 at home against Eastern Washington.
Blackman originally signed with Washington, but never played for the Huskies. He played in 2009 at Los Angeles Harbor College and put up impressive numbers — 3,711 yards and 35 touchdowns. Blackman transferred to Old Dominion of the Football Championship Subdivision and redshirted in 2010.
He transferred to Idaho in the spring of 2011 and sat out last season for NCAA transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
"It’s a blessing. It’s something I’ve been working for my whole life. To me, it’s just a blessing to have this opportunity. I have to take advantage of it," Blackman said.
"I’ve been told I was too big. I’ve been told I was too slow. I was too whatever. I just keep my mind positive and focus on the things that matter. ... I try to focus on doing my job and playing with passion. That’s my thing – play with passion.
Blackman tweeted earlier Monday that he had called his mother to tell him he was named the starter. He wrote that she broke down crying.
"Been long road(.) nowhere near over," Blackman said.
Akey said Davis, a junior, and senior Logan Bushnell will compete for the No. 2 job. Davis was 9-for-21 for 155 yards and two touchdowns (one interception) in two scrimmages.
“We’ll progress through camp with him working with the one offense. We’ll keep working Taylor Davis and Logan Bushnell with that No. 2 offense to determine our number two and three quarterbacks," Akey said.
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