"More or less," Whaley interjects kiddingly.
Mc Donald continues: "I feel like it's taken some getting used to it, but by no means is it something that's going to influence our friendship."
Friends and teammates since freshman year, Whaley and McDonald are known to be close off the field. Many of their teammates likely had to wonder to themselves how a direct competition between the two would affect both of those dynamics when first-year Coach Antonio Harrison opened the quarterback position, formerly held by McDonald, for audition back in the spring.
"I think they're handling it really well because they're like best friends pretty much and I haven't seen any animosity between them," sophomore linebacker and offensive lineman Ryan Leslie says. "I don't think there's been any pressure on the team because of it. They're handling it like mature adults and I applaud them for that. They're both working really hard."
Nor has the coaching staff seen any turmoil crop up as a result of the position battle. In fact, it's been essentially the opposite.
"It's interesting because Kyle and Jordan are best friends," Harrison says. "You kind of expect in any kind of competition like that, especially when Kyle was the starting quarterback last year, there might be a little animosity, but they've done nothing but help each other out and coach each other up."
It's something the two players may have to continue to get used to. Unable to distinguish a clear cut winner between the two by the conclusion of fall practices, Harrison has decided to continue the experiment through the beginning of the regular season, which starts on Saturday at St. Genevieve. Depending on how things go early on, the two may end up indefinitely sharing the role they've fought so hard to claim outright.