SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Shaun Hill is going to start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers' season opener at Arizona on Sept. 13, beating out Alex Smith.
Coach Mike Singletary made the announcement before Monday afternoon's practice at the team's Santa Clara headquarters. Singletary had been hesitant to say who was leading the competition and each QB earned one exhibition start.
The 29-year-old Hill went 5-3 over the Niners' final eight games last season and was 2-0 as a fill-in starter in 2007. He has shown he can lead the team and, ultimately, win. Hill's success down the stretch helped Singletary get the interim tag removed from his title heading into 2009.
Smith missed all of last season after reinjuring his surgically repaired throwing shoulder.