Other quarterbacks likely to receive national attention are Stephen Morris (Miami), Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech), David Fales (San Jose State) and Tajh Boyd (Clemson.) All seven quarterbacks will be drafted in 2014, but there are a few names not on this list who could rise during the season and end up with higher grades when it’s all said and done.
The following is a list of five under-the-radar quarterbacks that are squarely on the NFL’s radar as we enter the 2013 college football season. Continue reading …
After studying several quarterbacks that are likely to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s become pretty obvious that this year’s class will be more highly regarded than the 2013 group. For this installment of the First Look series, I took an in-depth look at one of the more talked about underclassmen: Brett Hundley, UCLA.
Hundley exploded onto the scene in 2012 with one of the best passing seasons in UCLA history. He set single-season records for completions, passing yards and total offense. When the season was all said and done, Hundley threw for 3,740 yards, 29 TDs and 11 INTs. He completed over 66% of his passes.
It should come as no surprise that Hundley has enjoyed early success at UCLA. He was a highly regarded recruit coming out of Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona and was considered one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. His name appeared on virtually every major scouting outlet’s top-5 quarterback rankings Continue reading …
The University of Miami has long been known for its ability to produce NFL talent, but it has lacked star power at the quarterback position for several years. “The U” hasn’t had a signal-caller drafted in the last ten years. In fact, they haven’t had a quarterback drafted higher than the fourth round in over twenty years!
Stephen Morris could change that trend.
With 17 career starts under his belt, Morris has a chance to become one of the nation’s best quarterback prospects after another year of starting experience. While he’s not quite the natural arm talent that Teddy Bridgewater is, there’s no denying that he has the talent to be a very high draft pick with another good season of film on his resume. Continue reading …
After a few weeks away from the tape, I decided to take a break from uploading the 2014 NFL Draft prospect player pages and watch some film. For this installment of the FRG Scouting “First Look” series, I studied LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Mettenberger was a highly rated quarterback prospect coming out of Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Georgia. Rivals.com rated him as the 11th best quarterback in his class, culminating in a scholarship offer from the University of Georgia. His tenure as a Bulldog didn’t last long, as he was dismissed from the program following his guilty plea to two charges of sexual misconduct in April of 2010.
After a year of JUCO ball, Mettenberger transferred to LSU and served as the backup quarterback in 2011. He became the Tigers’ starter last year, and had a solid but unspectacular season.
Mettenberger led LSU to a 10 win season in 2012, completing nearly 59% of his passes for 2,609 yards. He managed to toss 12 TDs as compared to 7 INTs in his first year as a starter in the SEC. Continue reading …
The first five installments of FRG Scouting’s “First Look” series have focused on quarterbacks, and we’ll be sticking to that theme with a sneak peek at Aaron Murray, the experienced and highly decorated starter for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Murray was a heavily recruited high school player after a successful career at Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. Murray led the Panthers to two state titles in three years, including his senior season in which he suffered a major leg injury. Scout.com rated Murray as the No. 3 quarterback prospect in the nation, and after all was said and done, 53 programs offered him a scholarship. Murray verbally committed to the Bulldogs (Florida and UCLA were in his final three) in the Spring of 2008, and has been the Georgia starter since the 2010 season.
Murray has started 41 games for the Bulldogs since 2010. He’s attempted 1,391 passes and has completed 61.5% for 10,091 yards and 95 TDs (compared to 32 Ints). Murray was named second team All-SEC in 2011.
The fifth installment of FRG Scouting’s First Look series will focus on Logan Thomas, the polarizing quarterback prospect from Virginia Tech.
Entering the 2012 college football season, many analysts viewed Thomas as the next Cam Newton-type prospect. And why wouldn’t they? He was coming off an impressive 2011 campaign –his first as a starting quarterback– that saw him throw for more than 3,000 yards and a nearly 2:1 TD to Int ratio. He completed almost 60% of his passes and was on an upward projection.
Then the 2012 season started.
Thomas regressed as a player while underperforming in every statistical category (compared to 2011). The Hokies ended the year with an underwhelming 7-6 record, and the once-hyped potential No. 1 overall pick had little to no choice but to return to school for another year of experience.