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Inspired by a post below: Our QB history lags way behind overall

CU played in a Cotton Bowl in the 1930s, an Orange Bowl in the 1950s, another in the 1960s, another in the 1970s, finished third nationally in 1971 (boosted by an Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl victory), had back-to-back chances for national titles in 1989 and 1990, came within one loss, probably, of another national title in 1994, and came within a breath of playing in a title game in 2001.

And yet.

Our quarterback success, as determined by the Sunday league, has been shockingly sparse.

We haven't seen a quarterback drafted by an NFL team from our program since 1997 (Koy Detmer, seventh round by the Eagles).

Our other QB draftees: Kordell Stewart (second round, 1995, Steelers), Randy Essington (12th round, 1984, Raiders) and Gale Weidner (10th round, 1962, Packers). That is the entire list, and the last two would have been free agents (at best) in the modern era, whose NFL draft now goes seven rounds. Neither Weidner nor Essington played in the NFL.

Heck, even the Rammies have seen eight quarterbacks drafted, including two in the first round.

We've had 24 first-round draft picks by the NFL, with none at QB. (Bobby Anderson, taken first by the Broncos in 1970, doesn't count as a drafted QB because he was a running back by that point. Nor does Darian Hagan, taken in the ninth round in 1992 as a wide receiver by the 49ers. Nor does David Williams, taken seventh by the Cowboys in 1976, because he was selected as a running back. He did have a highlight-reel, game-winning kickoff return in the NFL, at least. I linked it.)

Craig Penrose, drafted in the fourth round in 1976 by the Broncos, never threw a pass for the Buffs before transferring to San Diego State. Same with Colt Brennan, taken in the sixth round in 2008 by the Redskins after transferring to Hawaii.

Bobby Anderson actually did in the NFL, completing 8-of-17 halfback passes during his pro career for 168 yards and a touchdown.

Steven Montez was not drafted but was activated from the practice squad for three games in 2020 by the Washington Redskins. He did not throw a pass. I don't recall if he ever got on the field.

In short, the Buffs have come up short at the most important position. We're way past due to change that.

Here are our NFL quarterbacks' stats:
Kordell Stewart: 11 seasons, 87 starts, 14,746 yards passing with 77 touchdowns; rushed for 2,874 yards and 38 TDs.
Koy Detmer: Nine seasons, eight starts, 1,944 yards passing with 10 touchdowns.

That's it.

[Post edited by BuffsIn2022 at 11/24/2022 11:07AM]

Link: David Williams wins it!

Posted: 11/24/2022 at 10:35AM


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