Jacoby Brissett- QB NC State

6-4, 231, 9 3/4" Hands,

4.94 (O), 9'5" Broad, 31" Vert, 

7.17 3-Cone Drill, 

Past, Present, and Future. 

By TOM

He has started off with a long way to go, and I think a longer way than most rookie QBs. "Everybody has their own attributes," BB said. "He’s a big, strong kid that can run. It’ll probably help him in the pocket, and maybe out of the pocket. We haven’t really gotten into those situations yet, but he’s got physical talent." He has had to rely on his feet too much. 

Honestly, I didn't think Brissett was going to make the team when they took him on Day Two. "We just felt like it was the best thing to do for the team at that point," BB said. "He's a good player, a good kid. We'll see how it goes." However, he has steadily progressed on the field and looked far better in the first week of training camp than I though possible. 

He was terrible at the Senior Bowl. "We look at everything," BB said about the Senior Bowl. "You look at his performances, a two year starter at North Carolina State so he started however many games that was, 30, 20-something, whatever it is. So then you go to the Senior Bowl. It's always good to see them against good players. I'd say the whole thing about the whole East-West, Senior Bowl, combine, in those settings you have to careful to not kind of put too much weight and vice versa because some of these guys haven't played football in a month. So if they have a bad week is that the player? Is that really what he is or there's some other components that are involved so you kind of have to go through the process and you have to be careful I'd say of overvalue or undervaluing just based on what the guy does. OK, well the guy threw a horrendous ball in one-on-one period. Does that mean he's no good? No, I mean so there's a lot of factors that go into it. Like I said we talked about this last week during the pre-draft press conference. We start, our area scouts are actually - they're watching the guys for the 2017 Draft as we speak. That's what they're here doing. Then we're going to go through the spring, we'll go through the fall, we'll evaluate them, and then we'll go through the whole All-Star. Its honesty a 365 beginning to end and you're just trying to get to a point to where you feel comfortable. I mean look, the reality is you're going to eliminate a lot of players along the way and we're going to only have X amount of players you're going to consider drafting. So of the thousands of guys that we evaluate in the fall, we'll end up with however many players are considered draftable for us, regardless of the round and then we'll continue to drill down even further." I kind of writ him off after that.

I had seen him play a few times last season, but he just wouldn't throw the ball at the Senior Bowl. "Then we were at 91, that was our pick there and we pick Brissett," BB said. "The whole quarterback position, we only had two on the team, so we were definitely going to add a third quarterback, no question about it at some point, whether it was in the draft or however we did it. Jacoby was a guy we spent a lot of time with. We brought him in, kind of went through exercises with him. He started his career at Florida then transferred to North Carolina State. Two-year starter in the ACC, big guy, good size, athletic, strong, did a better job of taking care of the football this year, decent touchdown to interception ratio. He played in a couple quality programs." He couldn't read the defense quick enough, and make the decisions that a QB has to make. 

But he showed up in Foxboro and has obviously been working his butt off. "Well, we'll go through the spring," BB said. "We'll kind of go through the process and see what happens. The only thing we can control really is tomorrow and the draft and then we'll go through OTAs. The rest of it is really out of our hands. We'll control the things that we can control and go through and try to prepare our team the best we can." He is learning how to prepare for a game and a season from the best.

On the first day of training camp, he was throwing a little too slow again. He was taking extra steps and then throwing. "He dedicates himself to every facet of his life," Hines explains. "You look at normal young men that are still developing and they're focused on other things other than academics, extra circulars that can pull people away from what matters. He was so driven to accomplish his goals. He was a guy who was invested in his teammates. He saw potential in everyone; he knew what everyone was capable of doing." Brady would do it one way, Jimmy-G the exact same way, and then Brissett would add a step or two every time.

But, it was the first day of Camp for a rookie. "We'll just let it go and see how it goes," BB said. "I think we have a good situation. We have three players we want to work with. Look, in some other years I've seen teams that probably don't feel like they have anybody, or maybe they have one. I think we're in a good situation. We'll just see how it plays out." He was clearly throwing it quicker from day one, and even quicker on Day Two.

His feet were better on Day Two. They really settled down a lot. He started taking two steps, when Brady and Jimmy-G took two step. He was taking three steps, when Brady and Jimmy-G where taking 3-steps ahead of him. Then he started making some real nice throws. He was hitting guys in the endzone for TDs. 

Plus, it doesn't matter what I think. He will be Garoppolo's backup come September 11th in Arizona. "Like I said, we have two quarterbacks on our roster so we knew we were going to add a third quarterback, regardless of whatever the situation was," Cesario said. "So, very rarely have we gone through a spring with two quarterbacks. Sometimes we've had three, sometimes we've had four. So, we knew we were going to have a third quarterback on the team regardless. That's always an important position on your team. We felt that it was important for us to have a player that we felt comfortable with. So that's why we picked Brissett." Just because he was a massive reach in the 3rd Round is irreverent. The only thing that matters now is how ready he is to backup Garoppolo in September. 

When he looses control of his feet and his arm starts twitching it is always a sign he is going to make a pass he knows he shouldn’t. "They have no idea what they're getting into," BB said about rookies. "It's not their fault. We all had to go through it at some point or another. They're going to get a big dose of what they probably haven't had a whole lot of certainly any time recently. It's a big load. The competition level is going to step up. The volume is going to step up. It's not a scholarship. In college they can't take them away from you. In the NFL you're fighting for a job so it's a whole new ball game. Those guys have a lot to absorb, a lot to learn but just like every other rookie class they'll get through it. We'll have some ups and downs but we'll start the process on Thursday night when they come in. We'll just be grinding away here for the next few weeks." Everything else is talk show fodder. 

He will definitely make the team. "There's always an element of team planning, especially at that position," BB said. "If you can you try to look ahead a little bit. If you can't then take it as it comes. Things change but there's an element of planning at all positions on your team, certainly that one." He is on the depth chart for the season.

And you can call me a homer, but I liked what I saw of him at NC State a hell of a lot more than what I saw at the Senior Bowl. They do a lot of similar things in their offense that the Pats do. "I think any time you see a guy in college do something that's similar to what we are doing that helps a little bit," BB said. "Schottenheimer was down there last year and obviously he's a very good coach, runs a pro system. Some guys do, some guys don't. We took Mason last year from the Georgia Tech offense which is kind of the other extreme. Again, you can only control what you can control and everybody's looking at the same tape so you get the same film that the other 31 teams had and the same workouts and you've just got to try and figure it out. Sometimes you have better information on others, especially with as many juniors as there are. That's one less year of information but it's all the same for everybody." You can see the similarities in the offenses on Tape.

They like to cross the inside guy in Trips outside, run WR screens from the shotgun, and Brissett also went under center and executed Patriot's style play actions. They also slanted the O-line to one side on playaction, and threw to the receiver going across the field in the other direction, which the Pats love to do.

He went under Center. He made the right reads on a lot of patterns that the Pats run. "Sure, it had been a while since he played with Charlie," BB said about Brissett playing in a Charlie Weis offense. "Charlie was involved with the recruiting process with him there at Florida. There were a lot of moving parts at the time. Then they made the coaching change, the situation just made the most sense for him to leave. I think having experience with Charlie [was great. We all know how good of a coach Charlie is. How demanding he is and some of those types of things. Whether or not the system was the same, I think it is but it isn't. There's an evolution on both sides of it, so but having experience with Charlie, he could probably take hard coaching. So, that won't be an issue." He lofted a couple of beautiful pass to the tight end that Gronk would have loved. He hit the underneath guys with some nice passes on trips right, which Edelman would have loved. He did a nice job keeping drives alive. And all this against top competition. 

He played a lot against more talented teams in the ACC. "I only got to coach him for one season," Weis said. "But I absolutely loved the kid as a player and a person," Weis said. "I couldn’t be any happier that he ended up in New England." He had a great game against FLA State, who had more NFL prospects on the defense, than NC State had on their whole team. 

Connections:

Having connections is never a bad thing. "He’s a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player," Bill Parcells himself said about Brissett's intangibles. "That’s the kind of guy he is. That’s what New England is getting. Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types. Those players who’ve been successful. He’s very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys." He not only spent a year impressing Charlie Weis, he was also mentored by Parcells.

Parcells has known him since he was in high school. "I’ve known him since he was 16 or 17," Parcells said. "And if you can help kids along the way, that’s something I get a great deal of satisfaction out of." He has taken his role as mentor very seriously.

When a HOF coach sees similar traits in a QB that he saw in some of his favorite players, you have to take notice. "You never really know for sure until you see a player under the gun, so to speak, at the top level," Parcells said. "But, that being said. I have a very high regard for this young man. He’s an awesome kid. He’s very bright. He has zero personal issues. He’s a very dedicated, committed guy and I think he’s going to the absolute perfect place for him. They’ve got a great coach, a great organization, and they’ve got a great role model playing that he’ll be able to observe and learn from. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Because of what I think he has, his career is going to develop well." He has all those traits that coaches love that fans are usually not privy too seeing.

Former BB OC Charlie Weis talks about him with the same jubilation: "I’d like to say I had something to do with it, but absolutely not. I’m just really happy for the kid. He’s in a place that’s a really good fit for him. He’s a drop-back quarterback. A lot of times people get stereotyped. He’s not a roll-out, gimmick quarterback. This kid is a big, physical kid that’s a true drop-back quarterback, and I think he fits their system great. I texted [TB12] and just told him a little bit about my relationship with the kid. I told him he’d fit in great with the Pats." The Pats like to run a true drop-back quarterback system, as Brady needs to throw on the run as little as possible.

He played for Weis one season in FLA. "I remember sitting down with the kid in [high] school, and saying, 'What are you, afraid? Are you afraid of Driskel? Or you just don’t trust me?'" Weis said. "'Because the only two reasons you wouldn’t come to Florida is you’re afraid to compete with Driskel, or you’re afraid I’m going to shaft you for the other guy,'" Most kids in the situation he was in wouldn’t have come. But he committed 24 hours later. You could see he was a competitor. He wanted to go toe-to-toe with Driskel." He has that competitiveness that coaches love. 

But they both ended up leaving Florida. "I felt bad about leaving him," Weis said. "But at the same time, it’s turned out just fine for him. It’s a great situation for him. He’s got Tommy and Jimmy, great coaching, and a system that’s been the same forever. What more can you ask for?" Brissett is more NFL prepared to play in the Patriot's system than any of the other systems in the NFL. A lot of times for QBs transitioning into the NFL it is more about fit and patience than talent.

Weis also saw the Pats as the perfect fit for Brissett. "I don’t see Tommy going any time soon,' Weis said. "But you also have to look at it: you have Jimmy’s contract coming up, and Tommy’s close to 40. The combination of those things, you always know the Patriots have to have a plan. Obviously, this was the plan." I'm sorry Pats fans, but Brady cannot play forever. BB has to have a plan for post-Brady-reality. Right now that plan is lost somewhere between Garoppolo and Brissett.

The Past Present and Future:

If Brady wasn't being suspended in September Brissett wouldn't have a chance to make the team. "I don’t know how to put it into words," Brissett said. "He’s definitely a role model to not just me but a lot of players on this team." Now, he is guaranteed to be the backup to Garoppolo in September. Because it is too late to get another backup and get him ready to start if something horrible happens, unless it is someone like Hoyer or Mallett.

So know this Pats Fans, come September 11th, Jacoby Brissett is the New England Patriots' backup QB. "It’s important to get ready with Jimmy, with Jacoby, [and] with Tom," Edelman said. "With all the receivers, with all the guys on special teams. It’ll be good to get work in with everyone." It is too late to get a veteran in if an apocalyptic accident happens at QB, unless it is Hoyer or Mallett (yuck). So Brissett is the number two QB on the Pats right now.

If Garth Goodell uses the dark side to incapacitate Jimmy-G, Brissett will be leading the offense. "I’m still learning," Brissett said. "Getting ready to go into my first NFL game. So it’s still an ongoing process of learning and trying to catch up to the older guys." He has to be as prepared as Jimmy-G come Opening Day.

Luckily he has two veterans to help him prepare. "A lot,” Brissett said about how much his competitors at QB have helped him. "They’ve been through this so they’ve been a great asset to have. Our room has been great." It is a strange thing NFL players do to help prepare a guy who might replace them.

So he has to keep his head up, watch everything they do, and push through "This is my first time doing this," Brissett said. "So I’m still getting used to it. That’s my job as of lately. It’s part of the rookie process." Live and learn.

The best news is that he is smart enough to listen to everything TB12 says to him and study everything he does. "One day at a time," Brissett said about Brady's advise to him. "Just watching him and Jimmy operate. And seeing how they operate faster. And trying to get up to their speed. It’s learning every day. I won’t stop learning. That’s for sure." As long as he is getting quicker and faster in his reads and release it is fine with me.

He does have some assets that TB12 and Jimmy-G don't have. "He’s a big, strong kid that can run," Belichick said. "It’ll probably help him in the pocket, and maybe out of the pocket. We’ll see, we haven’t really gotten into those situations yet, but he’s got physical talent." It is all about the mental for him.

The best news is that he knows that it is all upstairs for him. "We put a lot of work into it and just learning from them guys and the previous things that he’s done on film that have been successful and hasn’t done well," Brissett said about studying TB12. "Just trying to learn as much as possible. He’s obviously one of the greats." Study-study-study.

But he is not just learning from Brady, he is learning from watching Jimmy-G as well. "Learning from them guys, and the previous things that [they've] done on film that have been successful, and things that he hasn’t done well," Brissett said. "Just trying to learn as much as possible. He’s obviously one of the greats." And Jimmy-G has been one of the best backups that used his time behind Yoda12 to learn the Force from the master. Brissett is showing that same discipline. 

Things are starting to slow down a little for him on the field. "If you don’t know what you’re doing it goes fast, and if you do it slows down," Brissett said. "It’s just not getting complacent with learning it. Always trying to unfold different levels to the offense and dig deeper into it." May the force be with you.

The past, present, and future of the Pats' QB position is all there to see this week against New Orleans. "The group is awesome together," Brissett said. "Just helping each other out and learning from each other. Going out there competing against each other even when we’re in the classroom. I feel like it’s a healthy relationship." Let's hope so, because what happens in this year's Preseason will have much more effect on the future of the Patriots organization than a normal Preseason.

Additional Notes:

Virginia Tech: He was taught to run too much. Doesn't read defenses near enough. You have to be able to throw in under two seconds when everything goes right, and he has flashed that ability, but not consistently enough for me. He likes to hop and skip back in his 3-step. Does a nice job on hitch and throwing quick off the hitch. He has to have better eye discipline. Great athlete. Bouncy athlete on his feet. Runs with some power. Burrows like a gopher into piles on short yardage, and usually is able to dig himself past the marker. 

BC: Like a lot of young QBs he struggles to find his 3rd or 4th option. His eyes too often get stuck on one or two WRs, and freezes him. Runs too many QB draws which tell us nothing about his NFL potential. I did see him get to his forth option once against BC. He likes to go from left to right while looking for someone to throw too. Tall upright runner sometimes, but he is fast with the ball in his hands. He has that knack for getting yards with his feet. He has that knack for making guys miss in the pocket.

Brissett  Vs FLA State (2014):

Brissett too often did things at NC State that he will not be doing in the NFL, like run a QB Draw. Here he is looking to the left for a second, and then running to the right (:01). He will not be running that play in the NFL. You have to have a QB who can throw from the pocket in order to win in the NFL. He too often takes too long to read the defense, because he knows he can use his feet to get himself out of trouble. Those kind of guys make the spectacular plays that make it on ESPN, but don't win Super Bowls. What wins Super Bowl is quick completions on 3rd Downs and in the 4th Quarter like Brady does game in and game out. 

He does a great job here sensing pressure and throwing the ball away as he is hit (:10). You can see he more skips back then steps back in his 3-step drop. You can see how bouncy and athletic he is. He really does have some nifty feet. You can see his eyes get stuck on the second option and freezes on him (:17). You can see that he gets his eyes stuck on a WR and freezes like a tongue on icy metal (:26). He takes his eyes off the coverage too soon (:35). You can see that his eyes get stuck on his first option. He turns to his second, and then takes his eye off the field and looks at the defender coming to get him.

He will be throwing WR screens out of the shotgun in Foxboro (1:14). He does a nice job looking one way and throwing the other. That play shows more about his potential than any other play so far. That was pass interference (1:19). Watch how high his release is. He does a nice job getting outside and throwing on the run. He throws a nice accurate pass on 3rd down to pick up the First (1:27). That was an NFL throw.

He gets to his third option with his eyes that time and then tried to take off. That was a very nice job getting to option three, but you can see that he still relies on his feet too much (1:35). First look to the left a little, then the right a little, and the further to the right as he starts to throw, but watch the suddenness in his shoulders as he suddenly decides to take off (1:45). I'm not interested in what he does on the field or if he wins or loses or the result of the play. Anytime he runs a QB draw is irrelevant to me. He has to read a defense, find a crack to throw through, and hit the open receiver. I am only interested in NFL skills, smarts, and technique that will allow him to play in the NFL. People too often look at the result of the play and say it is good or bad solely because of the result. That was a great example of a play that is a bad result, but showed his ability to get to his third and maybe forth option, which is a sign he can play in the NFL.

Here is a successful play. But what matters is that he stood in the pocket, read his receivers from one side of the field to the other, and completed a pass to the opposite side of the field (2:05). Here is a great look at him reading the field. He starts to his left, goes quickly to the middle before his drop is done. Then he has a hitch as he spots his 3rd option on the opposite side as his first read, and you get a great view of him riffling the ball into good coverage on the Slant (2:18). All's he can do is hit his receiver in the hands (2:28). Another example of a bad play, but Brissett did his job. What was important in that play is how quickly he threw the ball. He tends to hold onto the ball longer than he needs to. So anytime he throws it quicker than expected it is a great sign for the Pats.

When he has time and space in the pocket, he can throw very accurately (2:43). He is a very tough kid. He runs that stupid shotgun draw, and gets flipped over onto his head. Then he gets right back up into the Shotgun, and hits his receiver in the hands on 3rd and 3 for the first. That is an NFL play (3:11). This is a why bother to fool around play. He catches the snap, instantly turns, and hits his playmaker coming out of the backfield (3:27). My biggest problem with him is that he doesn't throw the ball quick enough. So anytime he throws it quicker than the defense can react I see that as a huge positive in his NFL potential. 

The OLB DeMarcus Walker jams and then rushes. Brissett reads it perfectly and hits his man for a TD (3:45). Any sign he is quick thinking is a sign that he can play in the NFL. This is another failed play, but also a positive for his potential. Here he is dropping the shotgun snap. He does an impressive job not panicking. Picks up the ball. Starts to use his feet, but he also has his eyes up, which is a big deal. He spots his WR and throws it low and into the ground where only his WR could catch it (4:37). NFL QBs win and lose games on 3rd downs. 3rd and 5... (4:45). This is beautiful. He 3-steps, hitches, and then watch the hop to the left to avoid rushers. He stares at the same guy for too long, but makes the completion for the 1st down. You don't have to score on every play. All QBs really have to do is keep the drive alive and let their playmakers win it.

Watch the quick turn and throw. That is beautiful. No wasted motion, just catch and release (5:01). 3rd and 8, this is a play that a lot of neophytes see as bad. But when everything goes wrong it is never a bad play for a QB to throw the ball away. Even if it means you have to punt, because forcing the issue can lead to trouble or a turnover. He gets attacked by three rushers and uses his feet to escape for just long enough to throw it away (5:10). Here he is rolling out in a Patriots type play (5:20). He reads this like Brady... or Garoppolo... I'm confused. But watch the trips right. The two outside WRs go straight down field to drag the coverage deep, and the guy on the inside simple drags underneath them. This is a play taken right out of the Patriots playbook. 

He is 5 of 8 on 3rd downs, which means he has kept the drive alive in 5 out of 8 attempts. The O-line screws up and doesn't block the inside blitzer. Brissett sees it, reads it, and throws the ball away. Again, using his feet to stave off a disaster and throw it away (5:44). You can see when his feet get antsy and his arms starts twitching he is about to make a throw he knows he shouldn't (6:05). 3rd and 11, FLA State brings the house. Brissett does a nice job staying cool in the pocket (6:12). It looks like he goes to his third option and hits his TE on an In. 

He has time in the pocket. He lofts it deep to the tight end... and... Gronk would have caught that (well, maybe not- 6:21). He runs a little play action, gets outside with his eyes down field. He throws the ball into his WR's hands. The accuracy of the throw was not great. It was a little behind the WR (6:28). That's a bad throw on 3rd down (6:44). He one steps, sort of, and throws it to the opposite shoulder the defender is on. I think the WR should have had that (6:54). That is a another great throw on a Patriots type play. Where you play action the O-line one way, and throw it the other (7:09). Then they snap it quickly to stop the review. Watch how quickly Brissett takes the snap and gets the ball to his WR (7:30). He hits him perfectly with the ball leading his guy down field.

Another nice quick high release throw outside (7:36). Watch this play. This is an NFL play. He goes under center! He turns his back to the defense on the play action! He lofts the pass up high and perfect, and draws the pass interference on the defense (7:55). Another very Patriot like throw. He has Twins right. Watch him read the DBs as they cover his WR well. So he throws the ball to the RB not just going under them, but outside the two WRs as well (8:05). He makes a great NFL read here (8:15). The TE goes off the line and the LB covering him drops down the seam, as they tried to disguise the coverage. The other LB comes over from the inside, and he hits the TE before the coverage can get back on him.

He really gets overwhelmed by the FLA ST defense the rest of the 3rd quarter (8:24). He starts the 4th quarter down 10. He takes the snap, three steps, and steps up a little as he throws. He hits the TE dragging over the middle fast enough for him to make a play. That looked like Bennett catching the ball to me (10:07). Then he makes a terrible, almost unforgivable, throw on 3rd and 1 (10:17). But he gets a second chance because of a false start that makes it 3rd and 6. But the blitzer leaps up and knocks the pass down.

He runs a little playaction and then hits his receiver in the hands (10:35). 3-step, and reads the rush. His looses his feet for a second, but recovers. He gets outside and throws the ball away to avoid the loss (10:45). This is a great play to see his NFL potential (11:01). He takes the snap under center. Runs an NFL play action where he puts his back to the defense. He turns and reads the coverage. Then a blitzer breaks free and he throws the ball away.

He shows some poise here. This play takes a long time to develop. He finally has to flip the ball to the WR over the middle, as the blitzer destroys him as he throws. That is a great throw (11:11). He gets up after the big hit. They blitz off the edge and he takes his eyes off the coverage. He tries a couple of fakes, but FLA ST doesn't go for it (11:30). He looses his poise a little after the big hit, and gets swarmed over as he tries to take off. That is not a good sign. The big hit and the blitz clearly rattled him a little.

He comes back out with his head cleared up a little looking for the big comeback. This is where it gets interesting. He hops back, and fires it instantly to the WR underneath the Prevent coverage on the Out (11:46). He has to wait longer than you'd like for his TE to turn around, but hits him quickly on the marker (11:53). Low snap. He recovers, fakes, and hits his WR with another nice throw (12:00). He just keeps taking what they give him (12:07). He has a little more time, and hits his crosser in stride which allows him to turn up field for the 1st and get out of bounds (12:17). He does a great job using his feet to bide time in the pocket and then makes his best throw of the game (12:24). FLA ST tightens up the coverage a little. He has to step up and makes a great throw to his receiver. He hits him in stride again so he can turn up field and get the 1st (12:35). He is making his most accurate throws of the game. 

But he has to finish the drive off. He never takes his eyes off his 1st option, but completes the short pass with enough zip to allow him to make the first guy miss (12:51). He drops the snap again. But he picks it up and maintains his poise in the face of the blitz. But then over throws the TE. However, Gronk would have made that catch (13:02). He rolls out to the right as they overloaded the left side of the line. He has a man open on the goal line, but doesn't throw it. Not a good play (13:11). 4th and 1 with everything on the line. He goes under center. He has open guys who might have scored, but keeps it (13:02). Then he fumbles it. That is his fatal flaw. He has to throw that ball to his playmakers like he did all drive, and not be a one man band. 

Brissett Vs FLA St:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BffqboBTGPY

Brissett's Official Bio:

OVERVIEW

• Ranks ninth in school history with 23 career touchdown passes, 15th with 221 career completions.

AS A RS JUNIOR (2014):

• Was one of just three quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences with at least 2,000 passing yards, 300 rushing yards, 20 passing TDs and five or less interceptions (with Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariotta of Oregon and Brett Hundley of UCLA). In the previous five seasons, only eight P5 QBs have matched those numbers.

• Threw 23 touchdown passes, the seventh-best single season mark in school history and more than Philip Rivers had in his junior campaign.

• Threw 187 straight passes without an interception in 2014 - the seventh longest streak in ACC history.

• Finished the season ranked third in the ACC in TD passes, 30th nationally.

• Ranked third in the ACC in total offense (51st nationally) with 241.2 yards/game. His 3,135 total yards is the seventh-best mark in school history.

• Posted a .597 completion percentage - that mark ranked fifth in the ACC, 50th nationally and is the 12th-best mark in school history.

• Passed for 2,606 yards this season, the 9th-best mark in school history. That mark ranked sixth in the ACC and 58th nationally.

• Posted a 136.70 efficiency rating - the fifth-best mark in school history and the 46th-best mark nationally in 2014.

• Named the MVP of the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, he tallied 293 yards of total offense in that victory.

• Named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week after the win over North Carolina - he set a new NC State record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 167 in that contest. He also threw for three scores in that 35-7 victory.

• Also named the league offensive back of the week for his performance against top-ranked Florida State - he threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

AS A JUNIOR (2013):

• Named the Wolfpack's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year.

• Sat out the season after transferring from Florida.

• Elected to serve on the team's Leadership Council for 2013.

AS A SOPHOMORE AT FLORIDA (2012):

• Came off the bench in the third quarter of the Louisiana game with Florida trailing 20-13, and helped the Gators to a 27-20 win with a pair of TD drives, he Was 6-of-8 for 64 yards and had a 39-yard scoring pass.

• Started the Gator's 23-0 win over Jacksonville State, completing 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards.

AS A FRESHMAN AT FLORIDA (2011):

• Started two games, taking on No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge in his first career start, and then at No. 24 Auburn in back-to-back weeks.

• The first true freshman quarterback at Florida to take his first career snap as the starter.

IN HIGH SCHOOL:

• Played quarterback for coach Jack Daniels.

• Led Dwyer to its first state championship during his junior campaign.

• Dwyer posted a 12-2 record and reached the state 4A semifinals during his senior campaign.

• Competed in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

• Honors: Palm Beach Post's Offensive Player of the Year and Lou Groza Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year.

• Senior Stats: 2,743 passing yards and an area-best 32 touchdowns with just one interception; 63 rushes for 368 yards and seven scores.

• Rankings: Four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com; No. 75 overall prospect and No. 3 quarterback in the nation.

                                                                PASSING                                                                      RUSHING

Date Opponent Comp Att Int Pct Yds TDs Lg No. Yds TDs
9/5/2015 Troy 21 23 0 91.3% 196 2 26 7 12 0
9/12/2015 Eastern Kentucky 17 22 0 77.3% 216 1 31 6 9 0
9/18/2015 Old Dominion 18 27 0 66.7% 179 1 25 9 43 1
9/26/2015 South Alabama 18 23 0 78.3% 218 2 42 3 1 0
10/3/2015 Louisville 16 28 0 57.1% 183 1 48 10 -26 0
10/9/2015 Virginia Tech 12 25 1 48.0% 113 1 24 11 39 0
10/24/2015 Wake Forest 20 34 0 58.8% 227 2 59 8 33 0
10/31/2015 Clemson 24 41 0 58.5% 254 3 40 8 -2 1
11/7/2015 Boston College 14 27 1 51.9% 212 1 83 7 32 0
11/21/2015 Syracuse 21 33 1 63.6% 235 2 34 7 9 0
11/28/2015 North Carolina 17 37 1 45.9% 206 2 64 20 128 2
12/30/2015 Mississippi State 12 28 2 42.9% 214 1 82 26 67 1

 

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