LSU WASN'T the only notable team breaking in a signal-caller last weekend. A large number of teams bid farewell to high-profile passers in the off-season and placed their fortunes in the hands of untested quarterbacks--with mixed results. Here's how four of the most prominent replacements performed in their first week of action.
Eli Manning's former backup looked shaky in a 20-13 loss at home to Memphis. At times the highly touted junior appeared confused by blitzes and cover packages, completing only 11 of 31 passes for 182 yards and no touchdowns in the Rebels' first season-opening defeat since 1995.
A surprise fill-in for sore-armed junior Matt Gutierrez, the true freshman was poised, connecting on 14 of 24 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan entered the post- John Navarre era. So who's the starter now? Said coach Lloyd Carr, "In my own mind, I know."
On his first play, Zwick's mouthpiece came loose, resulting in garbled signals and a false start. Though the sophomore went on to complete 14 of 26 for 213 yards, he also had two picks and three fumbles and was replaced by Troy Smith on a handful of series.