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Published March 31, 2010, 10:05 AM

Wide open competition for the Bison quarterback spot

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - Any football coach will tell you that to win consistently, you need great quarterback play. The Bison have lacked that over the past few seasons. Now with spring ball underway, Craig Bohl has a decision to make between Dante Perez, Jose Mohler and Brock Jensen.

Jose Mohler: “We're all 3 fun guys that like to talk.”

But there can be only one main voice in the huddle for the opener at Kansas. Craig Bohl has said there's not a favorite and it's wide open competition. Offensive Coordinator Brent Vigen thinks that will only help come fall.

Brent Vigen: “Last couple years, we were hurt not having competition because competition generally brings out the best in each person and when you don't have that, you might not get the best.”

Jose Mohler started the final 4 games of last year, going 2-and-2 and throwing 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Jose: “It helps a lot. Things have slowed down; I've got the trust of people. I proved I can do things.”

Mohler's strengths are his mobility and improvisational ability. Offensive Coordinator Brent Vigen adds he has the potential to be an accurate passer. Mohler completed 60-percent of his passes last year. Dante Perez has two years of college football under his belt, albeit at the junior college level. He has quick feet and the strongest arm of the three.

Dante: “There's nothing wrong with competition. It brings out the best in a man, so I get amped up having someone pushing me right next to me.”

Brock Jensen is different than the other two guys due to his size. Neither Perez nor Mohler are 6 foot tall, and both are less than 200 pounds. Jensen, a red shirt freshman, is 6-3, 220 pounds, but he's also the fastest of the three. But he only played scout team QB last year.

Brock: “Being able to step up with the ones and twos is a different look. It's a great opportunity.”

Some may say it's important to have one guy emerge after spring ball. The O-Coordinator begs to differ.

Vigen: “To be honest, I hope we have a tough time distinguishing between the 3 after spring football because that means they're all 3 capable. If it's still up in the air after spring, I’m ok with that.”

The Bison will hold their first scrimmage on April 10th.