OGDEN -- The quarterback brought in to challenge presumed Weber State starter Jordan Adamczyk is gone. Junior college transfer Alfonso Medina is still in school but no longer with the team, WSU football coach Jody Sears said Saturday.
That doesn't mean the competition is over.
True freshman signal caller Austin Chipoletti took the most snaps in Saturday's scrimmage at Stewart Stadium, completing 8 of 14 passes for 72 yards.
Sears said the coaching staff would re-evalaute the depth chart Saturday night.
"Adamczyk and Chipoletti have both kind of separated themselves a little bi," he said, though redshirt freshman Jadrian Clark and transfer Jonathan Willis have also done well at times.
Clark tossed a 34-yard screen pass to a wide-open Barrinton Collins for a touchdown and threw for 58 yards Saturday, while Willis threw for 50 yards.
In limited action, Adamczyk threw for 25 yards.
Medina, a transfer from Santa Monica who battled for No. 1 quarterback reps through spring practices, is not expected to return to the Wildcats.
Adamczyk is a 6-foot-1, 205 pound senior from Canyon Country, Calif., Chipoletti a 5-11, 190 pound true freshman from Jacksonville, Fla.
Adamczyk is stronger, but Chipoletti is the more mobile quarterback of the two.
"He can make things happen with his feet," Sears said. "You have to account for a guy out there that can move around and make things happen. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense, especially if you're bringing any kind of pressure, you better make sure you keep quarterback leverage because that kid can get out on you. He's shown that all camp."
Offensive coordinator Robin Pflugrad phrased it similarly.
"(Chipoletti) continues the play -- he's able to get away from some pass rush, he's able to move and he's able to run the football fairly well. That gives you another dimension," he said. "Adamczyk has been fairly consistent in his throwing, so it's nice to have a punch there. Again, we need to have Clark and Willis continue to compete because we're not ready to make that separation totally."
The amount of reps for Chipoletti in Saturday's scrimmage was by design, Pflugrad said; other quarterbacks have been featured on other days.
Chipoletti is pragmatic about the quarterback competition.
"I just gotta come here and work hard, just compete. That's what I'm here to do, push Jordan," Chipoletti said. "Right now he's No. 1, I just want to compete with him, make him better every day."
The Wildcats open the season at home against Stephen F. Austin on Aug. 31.
If Chipoletti is able to overcome Adamczyk on the depth chart, the Wildcats could start an Austin against Stephen F.
"There's definitely a chance you're going to see (Chipoletti)," Sears said. "There's no doubt about it. Absolutely."
Having a true freshman start would be a good news-bad news scenario, Sears says.
"The good news is he's a really good football player. He's very saavy, he's got all the intangibles, he's got a lot of moxie. He's a coach's kid," he said. "Bad news is he's a true freshman."
That true freshman is trying to be a Chipoletti off the old block.
His grandfather played college football at Georgia and his father Derek played at Central Florida. Both have been high school coaches; Austin played for his father at Oakleaf High School, operating a similar offense to what the Wildcats are working with now.
"It helps tremendously. I've been doing the same stuff we're doing now since I was 14 years old," Chipoletti said. "It's made the transition really easy for me. The speed of the game is the only thing I had to get caught up on."
Being the coach's kid has its own challenges.
"I played in a small community in high school," he said. "So you know there's always, well, is he the coach's son, playing quarterback? That always gave me that drive -- I've got to go prove myself every Friday night, saying I'm the guy because I'm the guy."
Now the question is, on Saturdays this fall, who will be the guy at Weber State?