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Florida Atlantic will have a new starting quarterback when it travels to Georgia Southern to open the 2020 season.
On a conference call with the media, head coach Willie Taggart named Nick Tronti the starting quarterback. A redshirt junior, Tronti will be making his first start for Florida Atlantic.
Since the beginning of fall camp for FAU, Tronti has been entrenched in a battle for the team’s starting quarterback job. The Indiana transfer beat out Justin Agner, Javion Posey, and Willie Taggart, Jr. for the job. The signal-caller job came after last season’s starter, Chris Robison, left the program at the beginning of fall camp.
“He has the most experience out of the guys,” Taggart said of Tronti. “He’s been consistent throughout training camp. I will say, it’s been a good battle and we got four guys that we can go out and win with and I think that’s what made it tough, more than anything.”
Taggart told the media that he made the decision this weekend, following the team’s most recent scrimmage.
“We had a scrimmage, actually yesterday. A good one yesterday morning,” said Taggart. “Nick had a really good scrimmage.”
During camp, Taggart mentioned the need for a leader to emerge from the quarterback room. Tronti’s leadership ability, however, was not the only thing that played into the decision.
“I think all those guys lead in a different way and that necessarily wasn’t the decision,” Taggart said. “Nick’s one of those guys that just try and lead by example. You’d like one to be vocal, and [Tronti] tried to do that last week.”
Tronti served as FAU’s backup quarterback in 2019, playing behind Robison who started in all of FAU’s 14 games. Tronti made sporadic appearances in 11 games, throwing just 22 passes. The signal-caller completed 17 of those 22 throws for 181 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
On the ground, Tronti added 239 yards and two touchdowns on 51 carries.