Blaine Bennett made clear that he hasn’t decided on a starter, but the Central Washington football coach said earlier this week that Jake Nelson, a redshirt freshman from Lake Stevens, is thus far leading the competition to become the Wildcats’ starting quarterback.

“We’re not trying to make some big announcement,” Bennett said. “But Jake has gotten most of the reps with our number ones (first team offense). The situation is starting to sort itself out. Jake Nelson is the leader at this point.”

He cited Nelson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from Lake Stevens, along with junior Jeff Nelson (6-3, 211), a transfer from Sierra (Calif.) College and Justin Lane (6-2, 215), another junior and a transfer form Illinois State, as having the upper hand through 10 of the 15 spring workouts Central will hold.

In all, Central has six quarterbacks on its roster.

Bennett said last Saturday’s scrimmage at CWU’s Tomlinson Stadium went well, even if it had been shortened somewhat.

“We were low on numbers at the running back and receiver positions,” he said, “so that kind of limited us on how long we could go. But it was great to get on our game field, and we had officials with us. Scrimmages are great evaluators of what people can and can’t do. Some of our guys responded well to that and some guys didn’t.”

Of Nelson, Bennett said, “Jake’s athletic and he has excellent arm strength. He’s also a smart player, although I’m not sure what order those things should be listed in.”

Central’s spring game is scheduled for May 18 at noon. The Wildcats start their season on Sept. 7 at home against Texas A&M-Kingsville.