Eventually, though, he needs to settle on someone because, as he admits, the offense needs to get used to one guy, and that one guy needs to settle into the job.
But he'd still rather keep it all behind closed doors and not even announce a winner.
"It depends on how clear cut it is. If it's really close, then we're going to keep it as close to the vest as we can. If it's clear-cut, then we'll probably let you know,'' Holgorsen said. "If it is that close, it makes my job harder. It's no different here than it is anywhere else in the country. If you get one, two or three quality guys in a position battle, then obviously at some point you have to make a decision. The closer it is the harder it is.
"Those decisions are not easy when you're talking about who's going to play and not going to play. It affects kids' lives. These are guys that are working hard, and someone is going to be the guy and somebody is not. It's hard to deal with if you're not the guy.''
As he's said in the past, splitting the job between two quarterbacks isn't likely.
"I've never done it and don't plan on doing it,'' Holgorsen said. "It doesn't mean that we can't have two that are ready to play. Guys get hurt and go down all the time. That's a reality in college football and that's one thing the second-team guy always has to keep in mind. They're a play away from getting in and playing a lot of ball.''
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