Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Texas QB building his own 'Inland Empire' at Riverside

He was once a walk-on at Football Championship Subdivision school Stephen F. Austin. Now, with 15 touchdown passes, one interception and a completion percentage of 73.2 percent through four games, looks like Texas-born Skyler Howard could go from being a former walk-on to being highly recruited out of Riverside City College in the Inland Empire of California.

Howard, who went to Brewer High in Fort Worth, has emerged as one of the better play-fake quarterbacks in the California junior college scene. He hides his hand offs well and his pump fake has fooled defensive backs in the first four games. He also has shown to embrace the long ball. Seven of his touchdown throws came from 30 yards or more.

Howard shows good patience in the pocket and can sit for a good four seconds before finding the open man. However, he can also escape rushers and shows mobility, thanks to his 4.6 40-yard dash time. His vision, patience, accuracy and arm strength a major pluses.

The downside for Howard is that he doesn't have ideal size for the quarterback position, since he's approximately six-feet-tall and 205 pounds.

However, there was one former Texas quarterback from Dallas who stood at barely six-feet-tall and he's shattering NFL passing records and won a Super Bowl ring: New Orleans' Drew Brees.

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