QB Taken, But He Needs Time.
showed up at the Combine at the minimum height. "I think that's great,"
Hue Jackson said. "It's good that he's over 6-2. We all have a profile for what we like a quarterback to be and I think you kind of work through that. I like a guy that's a little taller and he is over 6-2 so that's great for him."
But that is still not the ideal height by any means.
also only started 13 game in one season as the man. "Well it is a small sample size, but at the same time, he still
played," Jackson said about the tragic lack of starts. "He shows
[poise]. I don’t think that’s what’s important [number of starts]. But if a guy demonstrates the characteristics that you’re looking for then it’s important to keep digging and find out more. But I don’t get concerned about that part of it as long as a guy can do what we need him to do."
That is well below the minimum expected.
doesn't know what he doesn't know. "I think I definitely have enough
experience," Trubisky said. "I only have 13 starts, but I played in 30 games. I’ve come off the bench and I’ve seen significant time. I was prepared really well at North
Carolina." UNC is not the NFL.
has a long way to go before he is prepared for the NFL. "I’m a student of the game, and I’ve seen a lot of defenses, and I think that’s going to help
me," Trubisky said. "I feel like I’m in a really good spot right now to take my game to the next level.
And I feel really
confident. I would like to be the first quarterback to go. If you’re a natural competitor, you want to be first. So that is what we’re striving to do here." I
think he ends up being the first QB taken in a bad QB Draft.
with excellent accuracy. He throws with excellent anticipation. Which are
two of the most important factors in judging a QB. But I think what most evaluators
forget (especially with regards to Mahomes) is that while college football
is mostly physical for QBs, the NFL is almost all mental for QBs.
is from Cleveland, and grew up a Browns fan. "I'm going to be excited wherever I go. I have a lot of pride of where I'm from that being my hometown, but no matter what team selects me I'm going to be super
excited," Trubisky said. "I'm going to work as hard possible wherever I go. It's been a dream come true. It's been a dream of mine to play in the NFL since I was a little kid, so whoever picks me, it's going to be a dream come true."
He has all but said he'd like to play in Cleveland, but can't say that
before the Draft.
Very even kneeled emotionally. He never seems to lose his cool. He runs such nice play action, where he freezes, and gets DBs off coverage. Then he can hit his wide open teammate. He
has a nice arm on the deep out. When he winds up he can put some heat on it. When
he throws a little flat footed, he lofts the ball too much, which happens to the spread option QBs a lot.
seems to deal with pressure well on the field, and doesn't let mistakes
take him out of the game mentally. "There’s going to be pressure pretty much everywhere you
go," Trubisky said. "There’s exterior pressure, but there's not more pressure than the one I put on myself. Nobody can put more pressure on me than myself, and I expect more out of myself than anybody else. So that’s kind of how I go about my
business." He put a lot of pressure on himself in the Stanford
game by throwing 2 INTs. He had a great 2016 season.
(JUNIOR SEASON): In his first full
season as the starting quarterback, Trubisky already ranks sixth at UNC in
single-season passing yards and 10th in career passing yards • Has 19
touchdowns this season and 30 in his career, which ranks seventh in school
history • Has five rushing touchdowns this season and eighth in his
career • Completed 20 of 32 attempts for 329 yards and a touchdown in
the win over Georgia Tech • Also rushed six times for 44 yards and a
touchdown and caught a pass for eight yards • Completed 24 of 31 pass
attempts for 310 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-14 win at Virginia •
Completed 11 consecutive pass attempts in the second half • His only
incompletion was late in the game on third down from the UNC 5-yard line
• Completed 11 of 12 second-half pass attempts at UVA for 150 yards and
two touchdowns • Named to the Davey O’Brien Award “Great 8”
quarterbacks list for the third time with his performance in the 20-13 win
at No. 16 Miami • Completed 33 of 46 passes for 299 yards and two scores
as well as running for a career-high 47 yards in the victory • Saw his
streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception come to an end
at 243 in the loss to Virginia Tech.
They will run
a lot of QB draws and options, which is ridiculous. He throws a beautiful ball when no one is near him. He
will side arms it a little in the pocket, to throw it through lanes. He will get spooked when the rusher gets past the OLT behind him, like he did against Stanford in the 2nd quarter. He lets his body get off balance, and his sweet feet let him down. He
doesn't always read the safety well, and rarely tries to move him with his
He can throw in the face of pressure, when the DT breaks free in front of him. Nice runner when he fakes the pitch, and then turns up field. He can complete the pass when the D-end gets pulled down at his feet. When the pocket is clean he can throw as well as any QB in this class. When he has room to step into the throw he can really fire it.
He likes to throw before he can get pressure. He can really look great when his receivers break open quick. No one throws consistently quicker than he does. and will throw a bad pass when a rusher break free in front of him. He will throw it away when he gets pressure up the middle.
Released: Trubisky has been
pegged as the man in this Draft. "I don't see it as pressure," Trubisky
said. "I see it more as a great opportunity. There's a lot of variables. I think we're talking about a lot of what-ifs and who knows, that might not be the right situation for me. If it's meant to be it's meant to be."
I finally saw it in the Sun Bowl against Stanford, and I still have two
UNC games on my DVR.
He was not
as good after he got hit. But he didn't panic, and was over it quickly.
The thing that impressed me the most was that he threw what should have
been the game tying touchdown five times. That is some great clutch play
that I didn't see from any other QB this year. Unfortunately, Thomas
sacked him on the two-point conversion.
a scary lack of starts, worse than Kizer's. "It's kind of crazy," Trubisky
said. "I try not to look too far down the road, but if that opportunity comes I think it would be a dream come true to go back home and play for the hometown team. Honestly, it would really be a blessing to play anywhere in the NFL and have that opportunity to play at the highest level."
He finished the season with 3,748-yards, 30 TDs, 6 INT and completed 68%
of his passes.
While he has "appeared" in 33 games (including one game where he
came in for one play when the starting QB's helmet fell off), he actually
has less starts than Kizer. He only started for one full season, making
him a scary one year wonder. As near as I can tell (as it seems to be top
secret) he only started 18 games. He was primarily the back up QB in 2014
and 2015 when he only started do to injury. Then he had 13 starts this
past season. That still scares me. But a desperate organization will take
him in the 1st Round.
Not ready to
rate him as a 1st Round pick yet. But more teams need a QB than don't. "He is
a great quarterback," Solomon Thomas said about Trubisky. "He's
elusive. He’s got a great pocket presence and he's got a great offensive
line that do a lot of good things for him. We’re going to see a new
great quarterback play and we’re very excited to play against him."
plays in that QB killing spread offense. But he is very brave in the face
of the rush, and can take the big hit and complete the next pass.
Game by Game: Completed just 13 of 33 pass
attempts for 58 yards and two interceptions in a 34-3 loss to No. 25
Virginia Tech played during miserable weather conditions • Set the
multi-game school record for consecutive completions with 30 straight
(last 18 vs. JMU; first 12 vs. Pitt) • Completed 31 of 38 pass attempts
for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-35 win at No. 12 Florida State
• After FSU tied the game at 28 in the fourth quarter, he calmly
engineered a 75-yard drive and retook the lead with a 34-yard touchdown
pass to Thomas Jackson • Had another record-setting day at quarterback
in a 37-36 win over Pitt, completing 35 of 46 passes for 453 yards, five
touchdowns and no interceptions • Named Walter Camp Football Foundation
National Offensive Player of the Week • Set career highs for
completions, pass attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes • Tied
the school record for TD passes in a game with five • Set the school
record for most passing yards in back-to-back games with 885 yards (432
vs. JMU and 453 against Pitt) • Completed 24 of 27 pass attempts for a
career-high 432 yards and three touchdowns in a win over James Madison •
Had a quarterback rating of 260 • Set the school record for most passing
yards gained per attempt (min. 25 attempts), averaging 16.0 yards per
throw, breaking the mark of 15.1 yards by Marquise Williams against Old
Dominion in 2013 • Set the school record for most consecutive pass
completions in a game with 18, breaking the previous mark of 16 straight
was held by Williams vs. Pitt in 2014 • Two of the 18 completions went
for touchdowns, 10 of the 18 went for 10 yards or more, 12 of the 18 went
for first downs, and they went to seven different Tar Heel receivers •
His 75-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Switzer against JMU was the longest
completion of his career • Threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two
scores in a 48-23 win at Illinois • Completed 19 of 24 pass attempts for
265 yards and completed his first touchdown pass of the season with a
24-yard screen pass to tailback T.J. Logan in the second quarter • Later
had a 20-yard scoring strike to Mack Hollins in the third quarter • Had
a 1-yard run to tie the score at seven and later had a 6-yard TD run to
give UNC its first lead • The Illinois game was the first time he had
scored two rushing touchdowns in a game • In his first career start vs.
Georgia, completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 156 yards, no touchdowns and
no interceptions • Ran for seven yards and a touchdown in the loss to
Georgia • Named the 2016 starter following spring drills.
He really does throw a nice pass down the sideline. He throws with great timing to Switzer. He took a big hit throwing to Howard. On the next play,
he threw the pass low to Howard, who dug it out of the ground. Plus, he got hit again. Then completed the next pass to Switzer over the middle. I like how
the big hit doesn't seem to bother him on the next throw. Struggles to throw accurately when he is blitzed up the
He can look left, go across the field, and then throw to Bug in the flat on the opposite side of the field. That is very important. Terrific sense for when the edgerushers are coming, without taking his eyes off of down field. Then he will drop his eyes to find a place to run too. Needs to work on his ball security when he flees the pocket.
He has some elite escapability in the pocket. Great quicks and feet to avoid pressure. He throws a very accurate ball on the move.
He will throw the deep pass too much inside sometimes. When he is calm, He can make the nice touch
throw down the sideline with a lot of pressure in his face. Nice strength to run over a rusher and take off. He can hit
his WR high, as the LB is blitzing the A-gap to hit him in the gut.
Great feet in the pocket to avoid and run through pressure, and can keep
his head up as he escapes.
He took a huge hit
too start the second drive against Stanford
(1:09). They ran on the next
play Then he threw a screen pass. I would have liked to have seen him try and throw in the face of pressure after the big
He came out to start the 2nd quarter after the big hit, and almost threw an INT on a slant. He was perfect before the hit.
He then made a great throw on the run for a 1st.
He completed the next one to Bug out in the Flat. He really does a nice job moving his feet in the pocket to avoid the rush, like Brady,
and keeping his eyes down
field. He doesn't panic and can complete the pass after he has to bail out of the pocket. He came out again, And kept the ball on the option run. He hit a short in for his first good throw after the big
hit (2:08). After about five straight runs he completed an Out. They ran it in to get the lead.
He lined up after his second
turnover, which had led to a 6-point deficient with 28-seconds left in the
Half. He completed two short and meaningless passes. Then he tried to go deep to Bug, but he over threw it just a little. Then he fired it deep again, and the ball sailed out of bounds. That was bad coaching.
He got the ball to start the 2nd half. He did a great job using his feet to make Solomon miss,
and then throw a nice pass 30-yards down field to Switzer
on the sideline (2:39). He finally got dragged down a couple of plays later to make it 3rd and
13 (3:27). He threw a terrible pass on the next play with pressure in his face.
But then completed a short one to Switzer (3:52).
He took a hit on an Option run. Then threw a terrible pass to a wide
They were forced to kick a FG.
After a couple of runs he threw a nice pass to Switzer. But they kept running the ball to keep the rush off of
He threw a bad pass down field where the ref bailed him out, and then got
hit by Solomon on an option run. On 2nd and 1, he ran play action, and had
all day in the clean pocket, and his WR broke open uncovered over the
middle, and the threw an uncatchable pass. That was unacceptable and
worrisome after the big hit. 3rd and 10, he took his eyes off down field
to look at the DE rushing, and took off. The DE tripped him up short of the 1st. That was his worst stretch of the game. A hit on 1st down took him out of the
threw a terrible Pick-Six to start the 4th. He has a tendency of not
reading the safety right.
It seemed to me a lot of his bad throws were when he misread the Safeties,
or they disguised converges (5:09).
He came back out after his big INT, and hit the WR on a 2nd level comeback 15-yards downfield. It was an excellent throw.
I judge QBs by what they do after they take a big hit, and after they made
a bad mistake.
took a huge helmet to helmet hit on the option. Then
he was unable to read the defense and find a place to throw on the next
play (5:52). Then
almost completed the next pass, but it did take an incredible diving
effort by Switzer to come close (6:09). He got sacked again
I'm starting to believe. He did a nice job shaking off the DE who grabbed
his left hand, and dumped the ball off nicely to the flat. He looked across the field, and
threw back against the grain terribly on 3rd down to
force the punt. That was the dumbest thing I've seen him do so far.
Nice clutch thrower late in the 4th. He can throw a great pass deep down the sideline as time
(6:17). Likes to go to the sideline on the late drive.
He put it right on Switzer's hands as he jumped over the goal line for a TD that would have won the Bowl game, and he dropped it. That was a great
(6:35). Then on the next pass, he dropped it in the bucket into Bug's bread basket to win the Bowl game again, but
(6:40). Then he hit Switzer inside the Five for the third straight elite clutch
I think I am sold. Then they run the ball.
and Goal, he threw to the wrong shoulder of the WR in the endzone. But
that was the only place he could throw the ball where his WR could catch
it. His big WR was able to spin around, and get both hands on the ball, and then he dropped it. That is three
straight great clutch passes dropped in the Endzone down eight, with a minute to go in the Bowl
(6:58). He placed
a fifth straight elite clutch throw.
He avoided the
Sack. He twisted his feet out of the edgerusher's arms, ran to the other side of the field, and threw the high
one to Bug. He caught it this
time to put them down a 2-point conversion
(7:13). That was truly as great a clutch throw as you will ever see,
especially after three heartbreaking drops (7:26). Five straight elite
clutch throws into the endzone with under a minute to go. Then he was sacked by Thomas on the 2-point conversion.
On the one hand it was his terrible play that got them in this mess. He
looked like a QB playing in his first Bowl game for three quarters. But
then he had a great 4th quarter. Which tells you that he can produce in
the 4th. This game made me pray the Pats never take him, and, made
me believe. I'm am glad I'm not the one making that decision.
Vs FLA ST:
threw his first bad pass in the face off pressure, but might have been
throwing it away (1:11). He took his first big hit of the game (1:23). It
was just a swing pass to the WR on a screen, but he did complete the next
pass after he took the big hit (1:06). Then they ran the ball for
a while to protect him. He needed to be protect after the big hit with
did a great job avoiding pressure, and as a last resort running it (2:33). When
the rush doesn't get near him he can really throw an accurate ball (3:26). He
rolled out to the right, saw Walker break free in front of him. He threw his worst throw of the game so far (3:40). He had a huge
lane to throw into (3:56). And threw it so low and behind
that he broke Switzer's finger.
struggled to put touch on the ball, but he completed the next pass after
his terrible throw in the endzone (4:04). He will move his feet
on 0-step drops (4:14). He took the big hit by Walker, and
fumbled the ball (4:44). Let's see how he reacted on the next
play (4:50). That was the best sign he can play in the NFL right
there. He ran play action, came off his first read, looked to his second,
and found his third option, and completed the pass right after his big hit
did an amazing job avoiding the all out blitz. Then got taken down hard by
two rushers for another big hit (5:07). They had to punt. So
this was the next play but not the next down. That was scary. After his
next big hit, and three minutes taken off the clock by the FLA ST offense.
He fumbled the snap, and almost threw an INT. But minimally a defender got
his hand on the ball (5:22). He just made me nervous sometimes. He
completed one after a big hit, but that was terrible.
threw anther bad pass in the face of pressure, and then got hit by
Walker again, "Might have. Might have been rattled" by Walker. (6:29). Next
throw. That was a great throw. He came off his first read and went all the
way to the other side of the field, and hit an uncovered Hollins (6:38). In this game
he seems to be 50-50 on compete disaster or great play after he was hit to
the ground. That is one of the inconsistencies that you get with a guy who only
has 13 starts.
Alive! You wanna talk about a big hit! Three rushers got him there (7:04). Next
play. Not a good pass, but Bug dug it out for him (7:10). His next
pass was terrible (7:17). Even Hollins was like, "what was
that" (7:26). He took a big hit on the keeper (7:59). Next
pass, but not the next play. They ran the ball to him with a minute left (8:09). Plenty
of time, and a clean pocket. He hit Switzer on a nice Out.
has to hit that. I know everyone has made a bad throw in the clutch
he has to hit that. You can't get a WR more wide open right over the middle (9:25). The
ref bailed him out (9:45). He seemed to be an every
other one guy. After he was hit or made a bad play, he hit on about every
Vs FLA ST:
threw a bad pass that was almost picked off (:18). He
had a clean pocket and a ton of time. He was able to come off his
first read, and go all the way across the field, and find an uncovered Bug
sure we learned anything there.
threw a terrible pass when he knew the rush was coming. He took the hit,
but that was 3rd down. So he was off the field for the next play (1:34). He
dumped the ball off over the nice pressure, after he took a little hit (2:43). It
was a Draw, but he did get crushed by three defenders (3:02). He
couldn't make the read on the next play, and had to take off, and take another
hit (3:10). He completed the little screen throw (3:23). Not
a great sequence, but not bad either.
really like Hollins game, it's a shame he can't stay healthy (4:42). I do like
this. He threw a terrible pass to Howard (6:22). Then he gave
him the, "my bad" signal (6:30). He went back to him
on the next pass (6:33). Does he remind anyone else of Romo?
took a bit of a hit as he rolled over on the ground. Then he easily
completed the next one (7:11). He got hit hard from two guys
from behind as he threw (7:39). He wasted time, and then threw
it on the second attempt to Switzer in the flat (7:55). He did complete
the easy dump off, but you have to admit that was odd.
different when QBs get hit running. But he got cracked down there. If he completes
the next pass I'll be very impressed (8:26). He panicked when
the defender broke towards him, lost his feet, and over threw the sad
little floater (8:35). He intentionally grounded the ball do to
pressure, and took a huge hit as well (10:46). But, there was no
Vs Wisconsin 2015:
Elected to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft • Ranks fifth at UNC in career passing touchdowns (41), passing yards (4,762) and seventh in total offense (5,201).
2016 - Junior Season: Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist • Maxwell Award Semifinalist • Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist • Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week - Sept. 24 • Three-time Davey O’Brien Award “Great 8” Selection • Maxwell Award Watch List • Started all 13 games in his first season as the starting quarterback • Set the single-season record for passing yards (3,748), touchdowns (30) and total offense (4,056) • Had five rushing touchdowns in 2016 and eight in his career • Threw at least three touchdown passes in a game on seven occasions • Completed 23 of 39 pass attempts for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions vs. Stanford in the Sun Bowl • Threw three touchdowns and completed 23 of 38 pass attempts for 280 yards against NC State • Completed 11 of 20 pass attempts for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a win over The Citadel • Also rushed for a career-high 55 yards • Completed 24 of 33 pass attempts for 297 yards and three touchdowns in a loss at Duke • All three touchdowns came in the first half • Completed 20 of 32 attempts for 329 yards and a touchdown in the win over Georgia Tech • Also rushed six times for 44 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for eight yards • Completed 24 of 31 pass attempts for 310 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-14 win at Virginia • Completed 11 consecutive pass attempts in the second half • His only incompletion was late in the game on third down from the UNC 5-yard line • Completed 11 of 12 second-half pass attempts at UVA for 150 yards and two touchdowns • Named to the Davey O’Brien Award “Great 8” quarterbacks list for the third time with his performance in the 20-13 win at No. 16 Miami • Completed 33 of 46 passes for 299 yards and two scores as well as running for a career-high 47 yards in the victory • Saw his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception come to an end at 243 in the loss to Virginia Tech • Completed just 13 of 33 pass attempts for 58 yards and two interceptions in a 34-3 loss to No. 25 Virginia Tech played during miserable weather conditions • Set the multi-game school record for consecutive completions with 30 straight (last 18 vs. JMU; first 12 vs. Pitt) • Completed 31 of 38 pass attempts for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-35 win at No. 12 Florida State • After FSU tied the game at 28 in the fourth quarter, he calmly engineered a 75-yard drive and retook the lead with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Jackson • Had another record-setting day at quarterback in a 37-36 win over Pitt, completing 35 of 46 passes for 453 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions • Named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week • Set career highs for completions, pass attempts, passing yards and touchdown passes • Tied the school record for TD passes in a game with five • Set the school record for most passing yards in back-to-back games with 885 yards (432 vs. JMU and 453 against Pitt) • Completed 24 of 27 pass attempts for a career-high 432 yards and three touchdowns in a win over James Madison • Had a quarterback rating of 260 • Set the school record for most passing yards gained per attempt (min. 25 attempts), averaging 16.0 yards per throw, breaking the mark of 15.1 yards by Marquise Williams against Old Dominion in 2013 • Set the school record for most consecutive pass completions in a game with 18, breaking the previous mark of 16 straight was held by Williams vs. Pitt in 2014 • Two of the 18 completions went for touchdowns, 10 of the 18 went for 10 yards or more, 12 of the 18 went for first downs, and they went to seven different Tar Heel receivers • His 75-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Switzer against JMU was the longest completion of his career • Threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two scores in a 48-23 win at Illinois • Completed 19 of 24 pass attempts for 265 yards and completed his first touchdown pass of the season with a 24-yard screen pass to tailback T.J. Logan in the second quarter • Later had a 20-yard scoring strike to Mack Hollins in the third quarter • Had a 1-yard run to tie the score at seven and later had a 6-yard TD run to give UNC its first lead • The Illinois game was the first time he had scored two rushing touchdowns in a game • In his first career start vs. Georgia, completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 156 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions • Ran for seven yards and a touchdown in the loss to Georgia • Named the 2016 starter following spring drills.
2015 - Sophomore Season: Appeared in nine games, completing 40 of 47 passes (85.1 percent) for 555 yards and six touchdowns • Also rushed 16 times for 101 yards and three scores • Did not thrown an interception on the year • Came off the bench after Marquise Williams lost his helmet and completed passes against NC State and Clemson • The pass against the Wolfpack was a first-quarter touchdown, while the completion against the Tigers picked up a first down on third and long • Completed 5 of 5 pass attempts for 84 yards and scored his third rushing touchdown of the year in the win over Miami • Completed all five pass attempts for 43 yards and tallied his third rushing touchdown of the year in the win over Duke • Scored his second rushing touchdown of the year late in the win over Wake Forest • Earned ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors after completing 17 of 20 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns against Delaware, setting a single-game UNC record for pass efficiency rating at 282 in the process • Also rushed six times for 39 yards agains the Blue Hens, with both totals establishing career highs • Completed both passes he attempted in the win over Illinois • Completed 5 of 7 passes for 37 yards and a touchdown and added a 35-yard touchdown run in the NC A&T win • The rushing touchdown was the first of his career.
2014 – Redshirt Freshman Season: Named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Team • Appeared in 10 games • Completed 42 of 78 passes for 459 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions • Also rushed 11 times for 30 yards • Played the final two series of the Quick Lane Bowl vs. Rutgers and completed seven of nine pass attempts for 65 yards and a touchdown • Completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Singleton against the Scarlet Knights • Finished 6 of 13 for 80 yards and a score in the NC State game • Had 61 passing yards late in the game at Miami • Came off the bench for one snap after Marquise Williams had to leave the game when his helmet came off on the previous play • Tossed a strike to T.J. Thorpe for a 16-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winning score • Had a season-long rush of 16 yards against Virginia Tech • Completed just 1 of 4 passes against the Hokies and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown • Finished 6 of 11 for 49 yards at Clemson • Completed 8 of 16 passes for a season-high 103 yards and a touchdown at East Carolina • Finished 10 of 16 with 66 yards and a score in his Carolina debut against Liberty • Redshirted in 2013 after enrolling at UNC in January.
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