Null But Not Void: St. Louis Rams' Newest Quarterback

Jonathan Williams@@jonathanbwCorrespondent IMay 18, 2009

EARTH CITY, MO - MAY 2: Keith Null #9 of the St. Louis Rams passes during a mini camp on May 2, 2009 at the Russell Training Center in Earth City, Missouri.  (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

When you are a sixth round draft pick, the expectation are not high. For the West Texas A&M starter, playing a back up role is not a surprise either.

After spending two seasons as a understudy, Null became the starter of the Buffaloes. If you have never heard of West Texas A&M, this would most likely be because they play in the Division II NCAA Lonestar Conference.

Null, in two years, threw for over 9,000 yards and 89 touchdowns, an impressive total for most players.

However, as we have seen in the past, good players come from all over the NCAA. Even walk-ons can make impact.

Null will want to focus on one thing coming into training camp this summer. Survival.

Right now Null is the fourth place quarterback on the depth chart behind Brock Berlin.  He knows he will not pass Kyle Boller for the back up position, so he must pass Berlin if he wants to force his way onto the squad.

This is not new ground for Null. He spent his first two post-red-shirt years as a back up to Dalton Bell who is now a quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

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After playing the role of understudy, Null was asked in his junior year to lead the team. The Buffaloes play a spread offense similar to Texas Tech, so he put the ball in the air a great deal.

Facing low level defenses in the Lonestar Conference it is hard to gauge just how much he will be able to adjust to the more complex NFL game.

Apparently Null did not have an opportunity to play in the top college leagues, so he will have his work cut out for him. 

I would not be surprised that if he fails to make the Rams he will consider going to Canada. The CFL offers a lower level competition but a better opportunity to play immediately, which may have some appeal.   

With no NFL Europe, the CFL is the only league to hone skills with a high quality of competition.

For now, the first target for Null is to prove that his numbers in college were not a mistake, and that he can be a fixture in the Rams locker room.

At this point, the Lompasas Texas native will enter training camp with an opportunity to prove that Null does not mean void of talent.


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