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Coaches scope out shooters

Returning Viks Brian White, Tygue Howland push each other at QB

The Jerry Glanville Era kicks off Monday, when Portland State opens practice and begins installing new offensive coordinator Mouse Davis' run-and-shoot.

Who's going to do the shooting?

The main trigger man probably will be Brian White, a 6-5, 225-pound senior from Mission Viejo, Calif. White and Tygue Howland, a 6-3, 220-pound sophomore from Sedro-Woolley, Wash., are the only returning quarterbacks from last season.

'As of right now, Brian's our guy,' Howland says, 'but we definitely need to battle, for the sake of both of us. By me pushing him, he'll get a lot better. And he'll make me better.'

Glanville, the new head coach, and Davis haven't been allowed, per NCAA rules, to watch their QBs do anything but perform on videotape, and there wasn't much to see.

White transferred from Colorado last year and wound up playing only a little. He completed 13 of 30 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown, with one interception.

'He looks like he's got a pretty lively arm,' Davis says.

Howland was hurt last year on his sixth play as a Viking. He got hit near the sideline on a scramble and tore his left anterior cruciate ligament at Cal. He was 1 for 4 for two yards, with one interception.

Both QBs were excited when they heard that Davis was coming to PSU from the highflying University of Hawaii, where Colt Brennan's run-and-shoot passing numbers made him a Heisman Trophy contender.

In high school, Howland ran a Pro I offense for three years and then a Fly Sweep attack as a senior.

'We used four wideouts a lot that year, but it was not very similar to the run-and-shoot,' he says. 'We threw it 15 times a game.'

Davis could have the PSU quarterback throwing 50 or more passes in a game.

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