If you asked anyone during the 2012 Big East Championship season for Syracuse Football, they probably would have conceded that Charley Loeb was the heir apparent to Ryan Nassib.
And why not? He's a 5th year senior in 2013 and while it's limited, he's the only candidate with actual game experience (4-6 passing for 41 yards to go along with a couple rushes).
Then, the plot thickened.
Doug Marrone took the Buffalo Bills job, Terrel Hunt emerged in spring practices, and Drew Allen decided to transfer from Oklahoma.
Yes, suddenly the pool is much deeper.
Head Coach Scott Shafer admitted after the Spring Game that Hunt did separate himself a little bit. But don't take that as a knock on Loeb, but rather, as a testament to the work Hunt has done.
And you can bet it's motivating Loeb heading into preseason practice.
"I have a lot of fun with those guys (the rest of the offense) and I think we'd be able to put up a really good offense" Loeb said.
He added "I want it." referring to the starting quarterback spot, "I think I have the ability to do a lot with it" Loeb said, with an intensity in his face that says even more than the words coming out of his mouth.
Loeb was the quarterback recruit under Doug Marrone, he committed just before signing day 2009. And while Coach Marrone raved about his abilities, he sat behind 3-year starter and now NFL signal caller Ryan Nassib. Also, this is a new staff and George McDonald is now in charge of the offense, not Nathaniel Hackett.
Fans, perhaps, may be quick to say "Hunt" or "Allen" will be the new starter for the Orange.
Bear in mind though, this is Loeb's last shot. And he's a competitor, a talented Division-I competitor, and he's not about to let his last chance to start for his school go away without a fantastic fight.
Stay tuned for fall practices in August.