Arkansas names Nick Starkel starting quarterback
Chad Morris went all fall camp before naming Ben Hicks the starting quarterback in Fayetteville but after two games, the coach has finally seen enough and is ready to turn the offense over to Nick Starkel.
Arkansas has named Starkel, a graduate transfer from Texas A&M, its starting quarterback going into the Colorado State game. Starkel seemingly took control of the position in the loss against Ole Miss this past Saturday, throwing for 201 yards on 17-of-24 passing and a touchdown with no interceptions.
According to Morris, it didn’t take long to realize Starkel helped his offense in more ways than throwing against Ole Miss.
“I thought the ball came out of his hand quick, which helped the pass protection… The one thing I did see was the ball come out of his hand quick and at that point, kinda saw Ole Miss back off a little bit and give us some underneath stuff, open some things up,” Morris said on Monday.
Hicks, who transferred from SMU and was the signal-caller for three years under Morris for the Mustangs, received most of the snaps in the opener, a 20-13 win over Portland State in which he threw for 143 yards but no touchdowns. Against the Rebels on Saturday, Hicks finished with 98 yards on 7-of-16 passing.