The decision of quarterback Tim Curry to transfer now means that the three scholarship quarterbacks recruited each year after Trevor Vittatoe in 2006 are either gone or at another position.
The '07 recruit, Jeremy Springer, is a linebacker. The '08 recruit Curry looked unlikely to hold off Tate Smith in the battle for No. 4 quarterback this fall. Andy McCloud, a true freshman last year, established himself as the heir apparent with a strong fall on the scout team, then left on the eve of spring practice because he didn't like El Paso. He's at Texas State now.
That has been mitigated somewhat by the development of last year's walk-on Carson Meger, now the third-team, and junior transfer Tate Smith. Those two should be part of a three-way battle for starter next year.
What that means is suddenly there is a real urgency for current true freshman Javia Hall to develop quickly. He's tall and thin at the moment and will need to put on some bulk, but in Wednesday's scrimmage he was 4-for-5 passing. He is supremely talented, and as it stands, the only non-senior scholarship quarterback.