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Topic: Can you name any College Back-up QBs who made it in the NFL?
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Can you name any College Back-up QBs who made it in the NFL?


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 1:13 PM
 

I’m sure there are more but the only one who comes to mind BIG TIME is:

Kurt Warner? Or maybe he DID start for lowly FCS Northern Iowa his Senior year.


Matt Casell backed up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC

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Posted: Oct 11, 2018 1:18 PM
 

He only attempted 33 passes in his four years in college but still got drafted and has had a nice NFL career.


He's definitely the most notable...


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 1:29 PM
 

Cassell was an All-City high school QB in Los Angeles but never started a game in college.

As you pointed out, he was the backup to both Carson Palmer and Matt Leinert.

Nonetheless, he was still drafted by the Patriots.

Until Brady was injured during the 2008 season, Cassell had never started a game in his NFL career.

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Re: He's definitely the most notable...


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 3:55 PM
 

Ummmm Brady did not start at Michigan.


Re: Can you name any College Back-up QBs who made it in the NFL?


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 1:18 PM
 

Didn't OSU have one, I don't remember the name....

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Posted: Oct 11, 2018 2:46 PM
 

Cardale Jones

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Brad Johnson at FSU

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Posted: Oct 11, 2018 1:53 PM
 

Guy only threw 249 passes in his college career and had a TD/INT ratio of 14/9.

Passed for over 29,000 yards in the NFL.


Re: Can you name any College Back-up QBs who made it in the NFL?


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 2:05 PM
 

I think a QB from Maryland in the 80's


you are right frank Reich had the biggest


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 3:22 PM
 

College comeback and nfl comeback. He is an NFL coach..,. I think


Re: you are right frank Reich had the biggest


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 4:42 PM
 

I think he had the biggest comeback in college too when MD beat Miami.
His record setting NFL comeback was at Buffalo I think,


Tom Brady was a backup all through college.***

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Re: Tom Brady was a backup all through college.***


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 2:38 PM
 

That was the one I was going to say. I'd say that is as good an answer to the question as any.

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Re: Tom Brady was a backup all through college.***


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 2:41 PM
 

Tom Brady started like 2 seasons at Michigan.


Sort of. They always wanted Drew Henson to take over


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 3:00 PM
 

because he was an all-world athlete and huge recruit. IIRC he got several starts ahead of Brady and split some snaps but he was terrible his first two years and Brady always ended up taking over and bailing them out.

But yeah Brady was basically the starter in 98 and 99 after Griese graduated in 97.

I was a bit of a Michigan fan when I was a kid because I thought their jerseys and helmets were awesome.


Yeah that would've been my first response


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 2:45 PM
 

Without looking it up - I think he did start some his senior year when the other guy went down (name escapes me but he played for The Dolphins) but he was a career backup

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Posted: Oct 11, 2018 2:46 PM
 

Brady played in 12 games his junior year and 11 his senior year.

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+1 Did not realize that


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 2:48 PM
 

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Re: Tom Brady was a backup all through college.***


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 4:32 PM
 

Brady went 20-5 as a starter


Chad Kelly was a backup at Clemson


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 3:00 PM
 

Now on the Broncos

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Posted: Oct 11, 2018 3:57 PM
 

Yes, several. Brady being the most famous of all. Just look to Florida and you will find more than you can shake a stick at. What is the point of this question?


Except Brady was not a backup


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 6:59 PM
 

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/tom-brady-1.html

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Jesse Palmer and 1 other web at Florida ***


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 6:34 PM
 

Y


Although he alternated, Matt Robinson played behind Ray Goff


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 6:39 PM
 

At UGA, and then played for the ny jets. Goff was the runner and Robinson was the passer.


Re: Although he alternated, Matt Robinson played behind Ray Goff


Posted: Oct 11, 2018 6:55 PM
 

Mark Richt did the same thing with DJ Shockley.

As a SO, Shock played the first series of the second quarter while David Greene played the rest. Shockley turned the ball over frequently until he got hurt. Then the Dawg offense really took off with Greene as the regular QB.

Shockley played much better when he became the outright starter later in his college career.

Not sure Shockley ever got into more than one NFL training camp, though.


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