Shrine Week: Builds a buzz all week during practices showing a quick release, strong arm and great decision making skills only to top it off with a 9-14, 100 yard, 1 TD performance.
2013: Walter Payton Award Winner, led the nation in Passing yards (5,050) and TDs (53). 12-2 Record.
*4 year starter
*6'2 230 lb.
Excellent passing vision with quick eyes to scan and a quick, natural delivery. Smart and executes the offense well. Quick intellectual process on the football field. Above average timing with little unnecessary movements and very good pace in his set-up.
Quick feet to evade pressure with the pocket mobility to move his lower body with his eyes focused downfield. Gets "happy feet" at times, but shows the ability to reset. Very good touch and overall placement with improved accuracy to all levels of the field throughout his career.
Level-headed and always under control with a strong leadership presence. Confident thrower and short memory. Elite career production as a four-year starter at the FCS level.
WEAKNESSES: Lack of elite velocity will show on some NFL throws. Needs to continue to improve his decision-making and not allow pressure to severely alter his process. Bad habit of forcing throws in small windows. Lower-than-ideal release point with an almost side-arm motion.
Needs to get his feet under control on a consistent basis and regularly step into his throws. Must continue and develop his pocket awareness and internal clock to feel pressure. Holds the ball too long at times and will take unnecessary hits.
Experience is in a FCS spread, shotgun attack; needs to become more acclimated with under-center snaps.
COMPARES TO: Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys - The comparison goes beyond coming from the same college program. Both lack elite physical skills, but are productive due to their timing, smarts and quick release to get the ball out.
--Dane Brugler (1/14/14)
Edited by HessStation, 19 January 2014 - 02:03 PM.