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True Freshman in Mix for Mavs QB Competition

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Updated: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:18:59 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- It's the time of year for college football fans when hope flows eternal -- everybody is undefeated, including the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks.

Russ Martin enters his third year as head coach of the Mavs, looking to improve on a fifth-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season. The 2014 preseason RMAC poll ranks CMU fifth again.

The Mavs open the season against Dixie State on September 6th, but one big question mark for the team is who will be under center.

"We got a couple guys that have really been playing well during fall camp. Obviously Aric Kaiser is returning. He started several games for us last year. His performance so far this fall has been probably as good or better than at any point in his career. We've also got a young man, Andrew Cota, a true freshman out of Arizona that is playing exceptionally well. He has probably as much composure and understanding of the game, and really of our system, of any quarterback I've ever coached as a true freshman," said Martin.

Martin says he's not ready to name a starting quarterback yet, but if the season started today, Martin says Kaiser would get the nod, considering Kaiser's familiarity with the program and the Mavs' offense.

The Mavs play their first scrimmage of the year Saturday, August 23rd on campus.

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