Welcome to my break from working the diagrams for the fourth, and last, story in that Gailey offense series. So, today I watched Ohio State vs. Miami (Oh) to see how Urban Meyer's Buckeyes looked. What I found had not much to do with Ohio State.
In another thread I wrote a comment about college QBs to keep your eye on this season (though that post got deleted). I mentioned the obvious: Matt Barkley, Landry Jones, and Aaron Murray. I included some that most have heard of: Logan Thomas, Tyler Wilson, Tyler Bray, Geno Smith, and EJ Manuel. I brought up some that maybe some folks had not heard of: Mike Glennon, and Collin Klein. Little did I know that I missed one entirely.
I took a look at Zac Dysert, the quarterback for the RedHawks. I liked what I saw. He's big and mobile, throws a nice football, and seems like he's got a strong arm, though I need to look at that some more. He runs a pro style offense, and makes pro progression reads. I listened to him interview, and he sounds smart. By accounts of those in the program, Dysert is a leader.
The problem with college QBs is that you can start to dissect them very quickly: first physically, then mentally, and then for various reasons that come up. Each QB listed above has something that I call into question. Barkley's arm strength isn't great; Jones has some off-field and confidence issues; Murray's short; Thomas is more athlete than QB at this point; Wilson's not physically ideal in a few ways; Bray is rail thin (and shreik! he's from California); Smith plays in a scripted offense; Manuel doesn't do much that resembles what a pro QB can do; Glennon locks onto receivers way too much; Klein is more athlete than QB.
For the first time I saw what I thought was a pretty complete college QB eligible for the 2013 draft. Then you check his record: 11-21 over three years and one game this season. Not super good. Was he part of a the problem for the RedHawks, or a gem in the midst of a bad program? We'll see. His numbers look good despite his team's record. Even while getting drubbed by the Buckeyes, he looked good.
Remember the name. In fact, remember all those names. I'll try to dump some college football notes as the season goes by and I have time, which will include all the positions that I look at, not just quarterbacks. No excuses for not ever hearing about a player when I start referencing them in December onward! (cough.... Tannehill.... cough.... Gabbert... cough)