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6 Qualities College Recruiters Want in a Quarterback

Learn the six qualities college football recruiters look for in a high school quarterback in this Howcast video with coach Randy Taylor.


You know, college coaches, it's a specialized sport in a lot of ways. It's an individual sport in a lot of ways. Kickers, punters, long snappers, quarterbacks is one of those positions on a football field that is a specialized position. In other words, you can videotape a quarterback on skills video, a one on one video, and learn a lot about the quarterback. So when a college coach is evaluating a quarterback, there's a couple things that are involved. One, his knowledge of the game. His play in a game. How he handles himself. And surprisingly, you may not know this, but on videotape you can get a feel for a quarterback's feel for the game. How he gets into the huddle. How he handles walking up to the center, or getting in that shotgun, or what he does after a play.

And you know, Brett Favre was one of those guys who kind of had fun with the following through, the play action. You know, we learn stuff about you when you do things like that. That you are having fun with the game. Or that you care about all the little techniques of a game. All right? The quarterback position is as much moxie as it is technique.

Now, I am not going to say that I know exactly what has to happen with your elbow, and your slot, and everything else where you, but I do know this. Your stride is important. If you over stride at your target, that ball is going to sail. Watch your feet. Work on your footwork. But the most important thing about a quarterback is accuracy. Accuracy. OK? If you're not accurate, doesn't matter how strong your arm is. Right? Throw on time. Understand the game. Understand the ropes. Arm strength is really important. OK? Be accurate. Throw on time. Arm strength. Let the quarterback coach teach you where he wants your elbow, and what he wants you to do with your off arm. Have good feet. Move. Be escape-able. You don't have to run for five. All right? Escape-ability. Accuracy. Arm strength. Confidence. Poise. Are important things to be a quarterback.

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