The Texas native played basketball and baseball in addition to being a punter. Redshirted in 2009. Saw limited action in four games in 2010 as the third-string QB, completing 7 of 12 passes for 96 yards (58.3 percent) with no touchdowns and zero interceptions. Went 227-of-382 (59.4) for 3,316 yards with 25 TDs and six INTs in 11 games (10 starts) in 2011 after taking over as the starter in Week 2. His first career start was at Cowboys Stadium vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville. Was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 after going 359-of-555 (64.7) for 4,712 yards with 45 TDs and 13 INTs in 15 starts. Also earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic Player of the Year for Division II. Had an unbelievable senior season in 2013, leading the NCAA (all divisions) in passing yards after going 447-of-675 (66.2) for 5,401 yards with 53 TDs and 10 INTs in 14 starts. Was the only QB in the NCAA to top 5,000 yards, was the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Award (best player in Division II) and set the all-time Division II record for passing yards. Made 39 career starts and had a 31-8 record. Team captain.
Outstanding size. Good short-to-intermediate accuracy when he has time to set his feet and step into throws. Very intelligent. Superb leadership qualities and intangibles. Highly respected, vocal team leader. Very competitive. Urgent, demanding, on-field presence. Outstanding production. Tough and durable.
Has small hands. Most balls are flat with little arc and not easily catchable. Plays in a spread-pistol offense operating exclusively out of the gun and featuring a lot of simple, one-look reads. Very average mobility to escape the rush and create plays in the pocket with his feet. Will force the ball under duress and needs to hone his decision-making. Is late to trigger and takes unnecessary sacks. Has not faced top competition, and windows will tighten in the pros.
Priority free agent
A developmental, dink-and-dunk pocket passer with intriguing intangibles and leadership qualities sought for a supportive backup or No. 3 role. Will require time to acclimate to the speed of the NFL game.