Scouting The Trojans And Ducks: QBs
Former NFL scout Dave Razzano gives his take on the starting quarterbacks for the USC Trojans and Oregon Ducks.
QB / USC
Ht. 6'2 / Wt. 220
40 YD: 4.80
Shows natural feel and instincts for the position. Is accurate both short and deep. Plays smart and doesn't force many throws. Quick release. Utilizes all of his receivers and goes to second and third targets often. Shows poise under pressure most of the time. Plays with confidence and looks like a very good leader on the field.
Doesn't have a cannon for an arm but still makes all the necessary throws. Not a great runner, and is more of a pocket passer than an improvise type.
The talented sophomore passer is completing 65% of his passes with 20 TDs and only 4 INTs to date. Possesses most of the tools required of the big time QBs. Throws a very catchable ball and is consistently accurate. Not the biggest or most athletically gifted signal callers but has the one ingredient required to succeed at the highest level: accuracy.
QB / Oregon
Ht. 6'3 / Wt. 212
40 YD: 4.60
Outstanding arm strength. Shows very good accuracy, especially on deep throws. Can throw on the move. Very athletic in movement. Can escape pressure and make plays outside of the pocket. Also shows the ability to make throws with pressure in his face. High production.
Needs to put more touch on short throws. Will lock in on primary target at times and force throws.
The gifted Thomas is the leader of the nation's number one offense. Has an outstanding arm and can throw intermediate routes on a line. Can also make plays with his feet. He runs this varied offense with precision and seems to get better each week. His deep throws are incredibly accurate and his ability to throw under pressure is one of his strengths. One of the best QBs the Ducks have had in recent years. Very bright future ahead for this young phenom.