TOWSON, Md. - Only six days before the Tigers’ season opener at the University of Connecticut, fifth-year senior quarterback Peter Athens took control of the team’s offense at their Friday afternoon workout.
Athens, who started six games as a first-year freshman in 2009, was named as the team’s starting quarterback by Coach Rob Ambrose on Thursday afternoon. He had been engaged in a competition with sophomore Connor Frazier since the start of the pre-season.
“Pete earned the starting job because of his experience,” said Coach Ambrose. “We liked the way he took leadership of the offense and got the players to follow. He is an extremely good passer and we are confident he will do a great job.”
Athens calls the opportunity “a blessing.”
He added, “I am so grateful for this opportunity. Connor and I had a great competition for the last two weeks and we really pushed each other. We are great friends and he’s a good quarterback. He will get his chance.”
The Tigers will return to the practice field on Saturday night for a 7:15 practice under the lights at Unitas Stadium.