CEDAR FALLS – Just a few weeks ago, University of Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley had a tough choice on his hands.
He had a quarterback battle between four players – true freshman Justin Black, transfer Stephen Kaiser, red-shirt sophomore Jared Lanpher and redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen.
This week, the decision has been made.
Farley announced Kollmorgen, from Jenks, Okla., will be UNI's starting quarterback when the Panthers open the season Sept. 1 at Wisconsin.
Lanpher, the No. 2 quarterback behind Tirell Rennie last season, missed time in the preseason due to surgery repairing a sports hernia.
SMU transfer Kaiser has impressed coaches with his strong arm, but Farley has mentioned he still is getting used to the Panther offense. Black, it appears, likely will red-shirt the 2012 season.
Although the Panthers will turn to Kollmorgen as the starter, the battle for the second spot on the depth chart still is up for grabs. With Lanpher returning to practices soon, Farley may not name a back-up until just days before the opener.