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Jul 28, 2013 1:40 AM by Andrew Masuda

Four-way QB battle awaits Mustangs in training camp

Cal Poly football players report to training camp to begin defense of their Big Sky Conference title next Sunday on August 4. The biggest question going into the preseason is who will replace Andre Broadous as the team's starting quarterback.

Broadous was named the team's offensive MVP last season after he threw for 1,375 yards and 18 touchdowns, while rushing for 500 yards and 9 scores. He finished his Cal Poly career with 3,120 passing yards and 31 touchdown strikes to go with just 5 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,459 yards and 30 touchdowns in his Mustang career.

During spring camp, four quarterbacks took snaps. All four remain in the running headed into the preseason.

6-1, 195 pound sophomore Chris Brown did not play in the Spring Game due to a wrist injury. He played in 1 game last season and did not complete his only pass attempt.

Sophomore transfer Dano Graves was 2 for 8 passing for 22 yards in Spring Game. The 5-9, 175 pound transfer from Air Force rushed for 45 yards.

5-10, 190 pound junior Vince Moraga has the most game experience with Cal Poly. He played in 5 games last season and rushed 10 times for 76 yards, as well as completed 1 of his 2 passes for 16 yards. During the Spring Game, Moraga was 6 for 8 passing for 40 yards, including a 16 yard touchdown. He also rushed for 14 yards on 9 carries.

Redshirt freshman Tanner Trosin went to the same high school, Folsom High, as Graves. The 6-1, 175 pound Trosin was 3 for 4 for 43 passing yards in the Spring Game and rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries. He threw an 18 yard touchdown pass in the Spring Game.

Fifth year head coach Tim Walsh says it will be an open 4-man competition for the position. "We wish at this point in time there was a clear cut decision made and there isn't and there probably won't be for the first couple weeks of camp and they're all going to get turns again," said Walsh. "We'll see who's worked on the things we've asked them to work on over the summer because like I said they are all different. So therefore what we asked them to work on over the summer was different and the guy that probably made the greatest strides is probably going to be the guy who gets the advantage or has the opportunity to be our quarterback."

The Mustangs' first practice is Monday, August 5. They open the season on August 31 at home against the University of San Diego.

The Mustangs finished 9-3 overall, earning a spot in the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2012.

A total of 17 Mustangs who started at least four games a year ago return -- seven on offense and 10 on defense -- from the conference championship team.

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