FAU shakes up QB battle by moving Melvin German to wide receiver

Zack Kelberman

Melvin German has gone from expected quarterback to backup wide receiver, shaking up the Owls' QB competition. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Melvin German has gone from expected quarterback to backup wide receiver, shaking up the Owls’ QB competition. Photo by Michelle Friswell.

In just one week, Melvin German has gone from expected starting quarterback to backup wide receiver.

Owls Offensive Coordinator Brian Wright confirmed to the Sun Sentinel that German has been moved to receiver, a position he’s never played full-time. Wright allows that German could transition back to quarterback, but “there’s no plan for that now.”

German, who opened training camp atop the QB depth chart, was spotted practicing with the wide receivers in consecutive days, sources told the Sun Sentinel.

After cutting Monday night’s practice short, and closing Tuesday’s to the media for the first time this preseason, FAU Head Coach Carl Pelini was vague in regard to his quarterback plans.

“Let me put it this way, we have three guys in that group who we think that help us on the field at quarterback,” Pelini told the Sentinel. “And if they’re not at quarterback [they’ll] get into the other positions and help our offense and make us more exciting.”

With German seemingly out of the picture, junior college transfer Jaquez Johnson and freshman Greg Hankerson will now compete for the starting quarterback job.

Wright, however, added that all four QBs –– German, Johnson, Hankerson, and freshman DJ Juste –– are likely to be used in different offensive packages.

It’s not yet known when Pelini will announce the starter –– or release a new depth chart. FAU begins its regular season next Friday, Aug. 30 against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium.