Despite earlier reports, Tolzien still in play for backup QB spot

It wasn’t that long ago that Jim Harbaugh had said Colt McCoy was entrenched as the back up quarterback for the 49ers.

“He has been in that role since he got here,” Harbaugh said. “He’s doing very well, picking up the system. And a guy that is really serious and focused on being good and doing a good job. He’s got a lot of things that motivate him to work hard. And he’s worked extra hard, too. He’s doing well.”

Now that camp has started and preseason games are about to begin, Harbaugh has changed his tune. The backup job, which is a race between McCoy and Scott Tolzien, appears to be up for grabs again.

“There’s nothing shown there,” Harbaugh said of the back up spot.  “It’s very even. And (I’m) very much looking forward to the games and future practices to determine (it). It’s not clear-cut at that position.”

McCoy and Tolzien have been sharing reps with the second team. Rookie B.J. Daniels is also competing but it’s unlikely he would earn anything but the third string role. His ability to play multiple positions gives him a leg up on that spot as the 49ers like versatility.

While McCoy may still be looked at as the front runner here, it’s worth noting the time the 49ers have invested in Tolzien. They signed him when he was released by the San Diego Chargers right before the 2011 regular season. He’s spent his two seasons in the league as the 49ers’ third quarterback and is well versed in their system. Last season, he beat out Josh Johnson whom the 49ers signed as a free agent. It was assumed Johnson would have a leg up as Harbaugh coached him at San Diego State.







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