ASU freshman quarterback Quinteris Toppings was selected by a national poll as the Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) “Newcomer of the Week” in the Football Championship Series poll. The poll nominees are comprised each week of players from the four HBCU conferences, along with HBCU independents.
Toppings saw his first collegiate action after injuries to starter Daniel Duhart and backup Arsenio Favor forced the true freshman into action against Prairie View A&M, where he completed 11 of 18 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown in a 48-42 overtime victory.
The decision to play Toppings was frustrating for head coach Reggie Barlow, who wanted to redshirt the former Blount High standout to give him an extra year of eligibility. Now that the redshirt option is gone, Barlow said Toppings has earned the right to compete for more playing time.
“I feel for him because it’s one game,” Barlow said. “There’s so much stuff that can happen over the course of four years, so even though the redshirt is gone, I just think we have to give him the opportunity to compete for the second spot on a weekly basis.
“He’s shown he can play, 11 for 18, so just out of fairness to him we’ll give him an opportunity to stay involved in it, knowing we have a (backup) guy if Arsenio isn’t quite able to go.”
Duhart returned to practice this week on a limited basis — the Hornets held light workouts on Tuesday and Thursday — as he continues to recover from a back injury suffered two weeks ago at Texas Southern. Favor, meanwhile, remains on crutches as trainers and physicians continue to evaluate his right knee, which he injured on a run early in the second quarter against Prairie View.