Big Blue Times Two: Why The Giants Need Two Kentucky QBs

Marc DaleyAnalyst IApril 28, 2008

At the midway point of the 2007 college football campaign, Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson was being touted as a possible first round draft pick and Windy City fans were hoping for his arrival - if for no other reason to send Rex Grossman packing. 

But his performance at the Senior Bowl exposed some mechanical flaws that dropped him down to round six to a team that was coming off a Super Bowl victory that had four quarterbacks on its roster.

It doesn't look like a recipe for success for a young man who has two bowl victories and an assassin's accuracy. 

But a closer look at Woodson's competition for the third spot magnifies the G'Men's need to keep this diamond in the rough.

David Carr, who is looking at his last chance to have a semblance of a respectable career, spent much of his previous six seasons screaming "Not the face!!" while covering up in the fetal position underneath less attractive defensive linemen. 

On the rare occasions he was upright, he served up more interceptions than touchdowns, which makes Andre Johnson's numbers more impressive.

Anthony Wright has followed a nondescript tour at South Carolina with a nondescript tour in the pros. 

Three percent of his passes have gone for touchdowns and he has never played more than nine games a season.  Last season he earned the "Bluto Blutarski" of quarterback ratings - 39.6.

Jared Lorenzen is an unknown commodity — as a quarterback, not a connoisseur of New York's finest eateries.  But he showed surprising mobility for a guy his size and hasn't tried to force throws that didn't materialize — unlike Carr and Wright. 

Woodson? 

All he did the past two seasons in the toughest football conference in college football was throw 70 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

And the mechanics questions? 

They said the same thing about another Giants quarterback who went to the Super Bowl — Kerry Collins.

Obviously, the Giants backup job will consist of holding a clipboard and helping the naysayers breathe again if the unthinkable happens. 

But considering the past failures of Carr and Wright, it's time for some Kentucky blue-blood.  Lorenzen and Woodson are cheaper, sleeker options as Manning's caddies.

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