"We had a strong competition at the quarterback position this spring and summer, and it finally got to a point where a starter had to be named. Following Saturday's practice I met with Logan and Austin (Herink), and told them about the decision," said Sanders, who enters his first season at ETSU following stints as offensive coordinator at Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida State. "Both quarterbacks put in a lot of work this spring and summer and are leaders for our program. They both handled the competition like professionals and became better on and off the field because of it."
Marchi, who transferred to ETSU from Temple during the spring semester, compiled over 1,600 passing yards with nine touchdowns in 12 career games with the Owls. The Bristol, Conn., native was named Temple's starting quarterback heading into the 2017 season and threw for 1,658 yards and nine touchdowns in his first seven games before going out with an injury.
Marchi made his first collegiate start last September at Notre Dame and threw for 245 yards with two touchdowns. He followed that up with 274 yards against Villanova and 248 yards and three TDs in a game against UMass. Marchi's 767 passing yards in the first three games of the season were the most by a Temple quarterback in his first three starts, and he tied the school record for passing attempts without an interception to start a season with 109.
In back-to-back weeks against East Carolina and UConn, Marchi threw for 321 and 356 yards, becoming the first Owls QB since 2010 to post consecutive 300-plus yard passing games.
Marchi was a part of back-to-back Temple teams that played in the American Athletic Conference championship game, winning the 2016 title over No. 25 Navy.
Herink was the Bucs’ starter for most of the past three seasons. The left-hander from Cleveland completed 181 of 322 passes, throwing 14 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. He ranks sixth on ETSU’s all-time passing list with 5,169 yards and seventh with 27 passing TDs.
The Bucs open the season Saturday at home against Mars Hill. Kickoff at William B. Greene Jr. Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.