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Cameron, Hoy take turns under center

Scott Cameron (left) and Jacob Hoy often rotate at quarterback every play for the Packers.1 / 3
Senior quarterback Scott Cameron. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service2 / 3
Junior quarterback Jacob Hoy. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service3 / 3

On a typical football team, the quarterback is a consistent model of leadership; the one player to provide on-the-field guidance and poise.

The Packers use a different strategy, however, by utilizing two quarterbacks, usually rotating senior Scott Cameron and junior Jacob Hoy after each play.

"We need balance, and if that means we rotate them every play, then we will work it out," Gibson said. "We can actually send the plays in with the quarterback, and we could give him some hints on the sideline. That is definitely an advantage."

Gibson -- in his 22nd season as the Packers' head coach -- has been using this quarterback tandem since the sixth week of last season, when then-quarterback Nick Roehrich went down with a knee injury against Fargo South.

"Both of them have positive aspects, but have some weaknesses too," Gibson said. "I'm giving them both a fair chance. I have to try to use the strengths of both guys to make the team a little better."

Even Cameron and Hoy know the strengths and weaknesses of their play styles, and understand the benefit the team has by using both.

"It gives the team some different looks," Cameron said. "Coach feels like (Hoy) runs the option better, and I feel like I can definitely throw the ball better, but we learn off of each other and get the job done, and we'll keep getting better."

Gibson admits that the two are technically competing for the starting job, but both have varsity experience on a team that graduated 20 starters last year, and are more beneficial to this young team on the field instead of on the sideline.

"We have a lot of young, inexperienced guys, so it's even more difficult for a quarterback to show what he is capable of," Gibson said. "We got sacked a few times (against Minot). If you don't have time to throw the ball, it is pretty hard to show your passing ability. Right now, with so many question marks in so many areas, I would just rather keep using both of them."

Hoy, however, doesn't see his situation as a competition for the position.

"I see it as more of a partnership," Hoy said. "I think the combination of our styles can really help the team out. We'll try to get the job done as a unit every weekend."

While they both have experience at the varsity level, both athletes could use more, and GIbson admits that using both is a double-edged sword in that regard, even though both have grown since taking over last season.

"The experience is the main thing, and they need more of it," Gibson said. "The disadvantage of playing two quarterbacks is that each is only playing half a game. But compared to that first game (against South last season), they are head and shoulders above where they were."

Apart from experience, the two are also very dedicated to the team's success, as well as their own success.

"They are really good guys, and I enjoy working with both of them," Gibson said. "You can say something, and they will jump to it. I can't ask for anything better. They are both trying to be 'the guy' for this team, and I know that's tough, but that competition keeps you on your toes."