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What it takes to succeed as a college quarterback

Originally Published: August 28, 2007
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
The following is a breakdown of the eight categories (size excluded) we use when evaluating college quarterbacks. Also included in each category are, in my opinion, the top three examples in college football today.

1. JUDGMENT/MENTAL CAPACITY
Best three examples:
1. Brian Brohm, Louisville (Sr.)
2. Colt McCoy, Texas (So.)
3. Chad Henne, Michigan (Sr.)
There are several levels of critical judgments that must be made by a quarterback on each play. It begins with presnap reads, which includes blitz pickup, coverage recognition and possible audibles at the line of scrimmage. It extends to reading coverage on drops, avoiding throws into double coverage and getting the ball to the open receiver. Finally, deciding when to tuck the ball and run, take a sack or throw the ball away factor into the equation.

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