Rice has used an interesting quarterback rotation this year to mixed results.
Taylor McHargue started the season and has played in every game, but his role was diminished after a Week 6 loss to Marshall.
Nick Fanuzzi picked up much of that playing time but the rest has gone to a player not even listed as aq quarterback. Turner Petersen, still listed as a running back on the roster, started at quarterback against Houston and played extensively in a Wildcat quarterback role. He is just 3-of-5 passing this year but is second on the team with 380 rushing yards.
"We started the season with Tyler McHargue but we've got to do a better job taking care of the football," Bailiff said. "This is what we've evolved into."
As for Petersen: Turner showed he could really read the different options we have," Bailiff said. "I think Turner throws the ball effectively. He is an old high school quarterback. While throwing is not his strong point, at least he can do it and get it in the general area it needs to be in."
Bailiff seemed to indicate Fanuzzi was the most likely pick as the traditional quarterback over McHargue.
"If I had to give an edge to somebody right now it would have to be Nick because he has taken care of the football," Bailiff said. "At that position you have to take care of the football. We can't have mistakes, especially costly turnovers there."