Montana State coach Rob Ash should name Mark Desin the Bobcats' starting quarterback as soon as possible.
Desin's performance in MSU's 25-23 win at NAU on Saturday spoke volumes, even if it was brief. Desin came into the game for starter Mark Iddins, who was knocked out with an injury late in the fourth quarter. Desin threw just one pass, but it was a beauty -- a 45-yarder right on the money to DeSean Thomas that set the Cats up in Jason Cunningham's field goal range.
Desin's pass to Thomas was the best ball any Bobcat QB has thrown all year. How long has it been since you've seen a Cat signal-caller step up and gun the ball with authority? Kempt surely hasn't done it. The sophomore transfer from Oregon has seemed timid and shakey at times and has turned the ball over too much. And we certainly haven't seen Iddins do it because he's barely seen the field.
We won't know the injury status of Kempt or Iddins until later in the week, but even if either can play, Ash should give Desin the keys to the car right now no matter what. Kempt may have better size and Iddins may be the "elder statesman," but Desin simply has the intangables. He's got that unteachable gift that screams to everyone watching, "I can make plays."
It's exactly what MSU needs right now. Desin has the ability to ignite the Bobcats' one-dimensional offense and provide that spark. He proved it with just one pass.