GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - After two full weeks of preseason camp, first-year head coach Mike Houston has still yet to announce a starting quarterback for the 2019 ECU football team.
"[Holton Ahlers and Reid Herring] are different," said Houston at ECU football media day on Saturday. "They both have different things that they do well as opposed to the other. But the guy that is going to be under center when we play N.C. State in the opener is going to be the guy that gives us the best chance to win, that can make the fewest mistakes, and really knows how to lead our offense."
Both quarterbacks did some good things and some bad things during Saturday's final scrimmage, according to ECU offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick.
The bad? Both Herring and Ahlers were picked off once by junior defensive back Davondre Robinson during the scrimmage.
The good? Kirkpatrick said both guys are learning the play book and becoming better leaders in the process.
Last season, Herring started seven games, passing for more than 1,600 yards, six touchdowns and ten interceptions.
Meanwhile, Ahlers started five games as a true freshman, compiling nearly 2,400 total yards, 18 touchdowns (12 pass, 6 rush) and just three interceptions.
"Holton is that bolt you put in the game," said junior wide receiver Mydreon Vines. "He's always hype, and he always has that energy. He has that next game mindset. So you really can't shake him. He's a ball player for real. Now Reid, he doesn't talk much, but he reads defenses well and is just a really good pocket passer."
Of course, Houston will need to make a decision before ECU's opener at N.C. State on August 31st.
But Houston said the challenge is that both guys excel in different areas.