Ike Ogbogu and Holman Edwards are the leading contenders to begin the season as the backup to starter Clayton Tune, coach Dana Holgorsen said.

With less than three weeks until the opener, Ogbogu has a slight edge over Edwards due to his four years’ experience — including the past three under Holgorsen — in the program.  

The two other quarterbacks on the roster, freshmen Maddox Kopp and Sofian Massoud, are no longer in the running for the two-deep to begin the season.  

“I’ve been impressed with Ike,” Holgorsen said. “Ike is acting like he’s been here for three years. That’s what he’s got on the other three kids that are here.” 

Ogbogu, who has become familiar with Holgorsen’s system the past two seasons, came out of the spring as the frontrunner. He has made one career start, against Texas Southern in 2018.  

Edwards has the most experience of any quarterback on the UH roster. An offseason transfer, Edwards completed 55.7 percent of his passes for 1,613 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., 

“Ike is going to have to hold off Holman at this point,” Holgorsen said. “Holman is older and has more experience. The quicker Holman can catch up mentally, the harder it’s going to be for Ike to maintain that No. 2 spot. That’s where they stand right now, but I expect that to change.” 

As for Kopp and Massoud, Holgorsen said the coaching staff will continue to focus on development for the future. Both quarterbacks have five years to use four years of eligibility. 

“We have the luxury to continue to develop those guys,” Holgorsen said. “They are going to get reps at some point … Once they start making a move they will be deserving of more reps.” 

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