As much as the Okanagan Sun coaching staff would like to have a clear and concise answer heading into the 2013 B.C. Football Conference season opener, the subject of the club’s No. 1 quarterback remains up in the air.
Competition for the starter’s role between incumbent Cam Bedore and rookie Theo Deezar continues to be a neck-and-neck proposition as the club prepares for its home opener against the Chilliwack Valley Huskers Saturday at the Apple Bowl.
Despite their differences in style, not much separates Bedore and Deezar after three weeks of training camp.
At the very least, the Sun hopes to have a definite No. 1 choice by the second week of the season when the Vancouver Island Raiders come calling.
“These guys are making it tough on the coaches, but it’s a good problem to have,” said Nat Nagy, the Sun’s offensive coordinator. “Both guys are going to see some time on Saturday, then we’ll go from there. Cam and Theo make us feel like we have two starting quarterbacks.”
Bedore, 20, a W.J. Mouat grad, has the edge in junior experience having started for the Sun for the 2012 season.
Deezar, 19, a native of Winnipeg who red-shirted last season with the University of Manitoba Bisons, is the bigger of the two players at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds.
“Cam’s an athletic guy, if things break down, he’s prone to using his legs and he has a knack for the big play,” Nagy said. “Theo’s a big guy, more of a traditional drop-back passer, and he can get the ball out quickly. Both guys have strong arms and both have a good understanding of the offense. We’re confident with either guy.”
“They know they’re competing against each other,” added Nagy, “but they’re also working together helping each other with reads and looks, so that’s good to see.”
For Bedore’s part, the 2012 season was often an exercise in frustration for both him and the football club, which posted a disappointing 3-7 record.
With a season under his belt, Bedore feels far better prepared for the challenge in 2013.
“Last year was a huge learning curve for me, but I feel like I made a lot of progress,” Bedore said. “I’m a lot more confident now, I feel I’ll be better able to read defences and make better decisions. I feel head and shoulders above last year.”
Regardless of who ends up securing the No. 1 job, Bedore assures the team comes first for both quarterbacks.
“Theo’s a great guy and if he’s the starter, then I’m there to support him every step of the way,” Bedore added. “Of course we both want the job, but for both of us the team is the most important thing.”
Whoever ends up at the controls, there should be no shortage of weapons to work with when the Okanagan offense is on the field.
Bedore said the Sun has a “deep receiving corps, at least 10 or 11 players deep,” and should cause problems for opposing defences all season long.
Kick off at the Apple Bowl Saturday against the Chilliwack Valley Huskers is 7 p.m.