Marcus Satterfield wants to know his starting quarterback ASAP.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offensive coordinator said that as soon as a No. 1 guy emerges during preseason practice, which begins Saturday, the Mocs will have their starter.
"We don't want to drag it out," Satterfield said. "We want somebody to come in and win the job. And once they win the job, whether people's feelings are hurt or not hurt, the best guy needs to be in there getting as many reps as he can, getting us ready for the season.
"It's too important of a decision to try to take care of people's feelings."
Senior Jare Gault started 10 games last season and was No. 1 on the depth chart following spring practice. The battle for the starting job is expected to be between Gault and B.J. Coleman, a former McCallie standout who transferred from Tennessee in May with three years of eligibility left.
Gault and Tony Pastore competed for the job throughout the 2008 preseason, and Gault was named the starter shortly before the opener at Oklahoma. Mocs coach Russ Huesman said there is no timetable for naming a starter, but he doesn't want to wait that long.
"I have no clue," Huesman said when asked about a timetable. "We're out there (Saturday) competing, and who knows when they're going to separate themselves?"
Regardless of who's in the starting lineup, both quarterbacks likely will play, Satterfield said -- possibly at the same time.
"I think you'll see both of them in the games this year," he said. "If Jare wins the job, B.J.'s not going to sit over there the entire season with a clipboard. If B.J. wins the job, Jare's not going to sit over there."
Satterfield said that if Coleman, the more traditional drop-back passer, wins the job, it will be imperative that Gault, a better runner, stays involved in the offense.
"He's had too good of a summer. He's a leader on this football team," Satterfield said of Gault. "Whatever happens, he's going to be out there on the field doing something, even if he's snapping the football. He's too important of a person and a player on this football team not to be doing anything."
If Coleman, who will wear No. 19, is the starter, Gault is one of several potential passers the Mocs could use in trick plays. Sloan Allison played quarterback in nearly every game last season and now is a wide receiver, and wideouts Clint Woods, Blue Cooper and Terrance Davis were quarterbacks in high school.
Satterfield said transfer Davis, who had five catches for 69 yards in Mississippi State's spring game, is definitely someone whose passing skills could be used from time to time.
"I'd keep an eye out for it," he said, smiling.
The Mocs report Friday and will hold the first practice at 3 p.m. Saturday at Scrappy Moore Field.