HEY! I'm Good; It's Not the System

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIJuly 17, 2009

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Graham Harrell #6 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Every year we see quality players from the college football ranks go undrafted and are trying to find somewhere to play.

Graham Harrell was that player this year. What kills me is how the career leader in touchdowns for college football cannot earn a spot on an NFL roster.

With 32 NFL teams and each team having about three quarterbacks, that's 96 spots that Graham Harrell couldn't make.

Players get labeled early in college if people believe that any player could succeeded in the same position due to the system. Players get labeled a system quarterback or system running back.

The quarterback position is the one that gets the most labels thrown at it. Over the years, there have been numerous colleges given this label:

Florida during the Steve Spurrier Era

Texas Tech right now during the Mike Leach Era

Hawaii during the June Jones Era

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I understand none of the quarterbacks from these schools did awesome in the NFL or CFL, wherever they got to play, but they got a chance. Harrell deserves his shot.

Some of the Players labeled system QBs:

Shane Matthews (Florida) played for six teams in the NFL; basically always a backup.

Danny Wuerffel (Florida) Heisman trophy winner, played for seven seasons in NFL and one in Europe, mostly a backup.

Doug Johnson (Florida) six seasons in NFL mostly backup.

Jesse Palmer (Florida) five seasons in NFL mostly backup.

Rex Grossman (Florida) Still in NFL, started more games than any other Florida quarterback during this system era.

Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech) mostly practice squad in NFL some starts in CFL and Europe.

B.J. Symons (Texas Tech) some NFL and CFL and Arena

Sonny Cumbie (Texas Tech) Mostly Arena

Cody Hodges (Texas Tech) Mostly Arena

Graham Harrell (Texas Tech) CFL

Timmy Chang (Hawaii) mostly CFL

Colt Brennan (Hawaii) Backup NFL

A few of these guys were decent Quarterbacks who should have caught on. All were given the chance; all were drafted by NFL teams or signed as Free agents. Give Harrell a shot.

For now, good luck, Graham, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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