Senior Pac 10 QB Breakdown With Greg Cox
Willie Tuitama-University of Arizona QB 6'3 205
Strengths - Despite throwing 525 passes last year he had just 12 interceptions so even in a pass happy offense he protected the football. His sack total was also low (30) given his high number of attempts.
Weaknesses - It remains to be seen what he can do in a big game because the team has sputtered. Should the Wildcats ride their weak early schedule to a 3-0 record it will be interesting to see him perform at UCLA and in midseason home games against California and USC.
Bottom Line - He should put up great numbers this season, especially prior to Pac-10 play when they host Idaho and Toledo before visiting New Mexico. Last season he had 31+ pass attempts and 216+ yards in every game, eight times throwing for at least 266. In what is being called a poor season for prospects it is possible for him to sneak into the late rounds.
Rudy Carpenter- Arizona State QB 6'2 202
Strengths - He can command the respect of teammates as illustrated by winning the starting job over Sam Keller because the players wanted him.
Weaknesses - Mobility is a problem after suffering an FBS high 54 sacks, albeit behind a weak offensive line. He needs to make faster decisions about where to go with the football.
Bottom Line - The national stage is his to seize against national title favorite Georgia in their fourth straight home game to open the season. His success or failure against a defense that ruined Hawaii's Colt Brennan is key to his draft stock much more than Pac-10 play. He could be taken as high as the third and at worst should be a late round selection.
Nate Longshore- California QB 6'5 233
Strengths - He possesses ideal NFL size and although they haven't been successful pros (other than potentially Aaron Rodgers) his head coach Jeff Tedford has produced several NFL quarterbacks. It won't be a problem for him to grasp and run a pro style offense.
Weaknesses - Without question his play in the clutch, notably during the fourth quarter of big games, is his downfall. Leadership ability is also limited and he never takes over a football game. His career completion percentage (60.5%) is low given the weapons at his disposal and quality running backs like Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett commanding defensive attention.
Bottom Line - First he will have to beat out Kevin Riley for the starting job. If he does, it is going to be tougher this season without star receivers DeSean Jackson, LaVelle Hawkins and Robert Jordan plus tight end Craig Stevens since three of those guys were top 100 NFL picks. If he can win the job and improve his decision making there is a possibility he is taken late on day two, projecting as a backup.
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