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Conor Bednarski gets jump on other SBU quarterback hopefuls

Stony Brook quarterback Conor Bednarski is pursued by

Stony Brook quarterback Conor Bednarski is pursued by defensive lineman Victor Ochi in the second quarter of the Seawolves' spring game on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

The quarterback position at Stony Brook is a little like the old TV show "Let's Make a Deal." Seawolves coach Chuck Priore has to choose what's behind door No. 1, door No. 2 or door No. 3.

In this case, his three options are junior college transfer Conor Bednarski, redshirt freshman Carlos Hernandez or Syracuse transfer John Kinder.

"Sometime early in the preseason, we have to make a smart decision," Priore said. "In this league, you need more than one, so we want to have a strong two and a strong three."

Only Bednarski played in Saturday's spring game, leading the offense to a 17-13 win by completing 16 of 29 passes for 183 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jahrie Level.

Hernandez dressed but didn't play after suffering a mild shoulder separation a week earlier. Kinder, who is about to complete his undergraduate degree at Syracuse and isn't eligible to practice until this summer, watched in street clothes.

Of his TD pass to Level up the seam on the left side, Bednarski said, "I just went through my progressions and saw Jahrie, and he was wide open and I tried to get him the ball in a place where he could do something with it."

The prospect of a summer competition with Kinder doesn't faze Bednarski.

"I'm just going to work as hard as I can, study the playbook, watch film and do my part," Bednarski said. "I didn't have any offers out of high school, went to junior college and had to fight my way up the depth chart. I've been in competition before."

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