Senior quarterbacks Chris Goetz and Rick Marsilio will be in their accustomed places when Towson State (0-5) faces James Madison (3-2) Saturday night at Minnegan Stadium.
Goetz, despite a subpar performance in Saturday's 55-26 loss at Bucknell, has been working with the first unit this week and is listed to start. It will be his 30th start in 35 games.
Marsilio, in his second Towson State season after transferring from Akron, has started three of the nine games in which he has appeared. Against Bucknell, only his second outing of the year, he came in for the second half with the Tigers down, 35-6, completed six of 11 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for two scores.
It was an effort that probably merited the chance to start against James Madison, but coach Phil Albert prefers him in a relief role. He said Marsilio comes off the bench better than Goetz.
Last fall, Marsilio started three games in the middle of the season, but a six-sack first half at James Madison led to Goetz for the second half, and he responded with 9-for-10 passing in a 41-6 loss. Marsilio saw only limited duty in two of the Tigers' last four games.
"To be the quarterback, you want to be out there," Goetz said yesterday before practice. "From the start, you get a feel for the game. It's no fun sitting and watching. However, it's the coach's decision, and I'll go with it."
Seated across a table, Marsilio also suited his words to his role: "At Bucknell, standing on the sidelines, I was able to see the whole picture. I knew what was happening and what to expect."
Despite the backup role, Marsilio has just as much to do as Goetz in game preparation, with the added strain of preparing while knowing he may not play a down. "I've never found it hard to stay in a game," said Marsilio, a quarterback and defensive back at Akron. "I enjoy the book work that goes with the position. I like to know what's going on.
"Mentally, I get into a game. When I watch, though, I'm different. Others will watch the game by following the ball. I'm watching the defense, seeing what it does in different situations. You can see the same things you've seen in films."