How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Not many! I was second string behind the son of our head coach. He was also the brother of Gio Carmazzi, one of the famous “Brady six”
Where did you choose and why?
QB coach Roger Theder suggested Bakersfield JC, one of the power schools. Played one year there, was ranked top 4 in the country. Chose MTSU because I could tell Coach Stockstill was a great coach.
What were your goals for your senior year?
Win the CUSA and go to a bowl game.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
Yes, they are impressed with arm strength and board knowledge. Most have said they could see me in the late rounds to potential un-drafted free agency.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
The love and drive to prepare. I think that I separate through my preparation and drive to be the best QB I can be, and put my team in the best position to be successful.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
I always start by watching cut-ups looking at 3rd down tendencies and what situations they like to be aggressive and conservative. Closer I get to game day I start to watch whole games and highlight cutups.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
I’ve gotten the opportunity to play against many NFL defensive players but Bruce Irvin (DE Seahawks) and Jonathon Banks (CB Miss State) stand out to me.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Aaron Rodgers. We are from Northern California, both used the JUCO system to become division 1 QB’s, and have very similar playing tendencies.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Losing my best friend a month before my 2009 season. It was something that was heavy on my mind everyday but I was able to use it as a motivating part of my life and I have played for him ever since.
What system fits your style of play the best?
I’ve played in everything from 2 back pro-style to spread no huddle so I feel I can play in any offense.
What is your biggest strength?
My preparation and love for the game.
What is your biggest weakness?
I have a hard time delegating the weeks work load to my backups for help on film study and game prep. At the Manning Passing Academy, Peyton has told me numerous times that he likes to let his backups watch certain games and write-up a report on blitzes and coverage’s he might need to take a second look at and I had a hard time in college letting my backups help me with film study, but moving forward I think that will become a necessary strength.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I have a love and passion for this game and will compete every day of my life to make you drafting me be the best decision you ever made.
Growing up, who was your role model?
In sports, Derek Jeter and Brett Favre. Love their passion and leadership on and off the field. In life, my Dad has always been a role model because of his love and support of myself and my sister.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
Brett Favre, Loved the way he competed and battled every down. Played through injuries and always played with passion and love for his teammates.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
Vince Lombardi, Ronald Reagan, Brett Favre.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
Id give my parents and sister money to help out on the day to day.