Just when I thought the Quinn dropping crap couldn’t get any dumber, ProFootballTalk.com delivered this little nugget on Monday.
“One of the darlings of the scouting combine is Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton. Word is that several teams now consider Stanton to be ahead of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, due in large part to great interviews with teams in Indy, and strong overall intangibles.
While no one doubts that Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has prepared Quinn to play quarterback in a pro-style offense, there are questions about whether he possesses the leadership abilities to be successful in the NFL.
As we’ve previously heard, there also are questions about Quinn’s ability to perform on a big stage, and some concerns about whether he wants to be a Hollywood type or whether he is committed to being the best football player he can be. Similar questions knocked Matt Leinart down to the tenth overall spot in the 2006 draft.
So don’t be surprised if Stanton gets drafted after JaMarcus Russell of LSU, and prior to Quinn.”
Please tell me what big games Stanton won while at Michigan State? If you want to talk about coming up short in big games, how about the choke fest Stanton performed against Notre Dame this year? One my main arguments in support of Quinn’s short comings in big games has been that there has been plenty of blame to pass around in Notre Dame’s loss. Well in Stanton’s case, it can easily be argued that HE was THE reason Michigan State lost to Notre Dame this year. Two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and lost fumble… and that was just in the final eight minutes of the game!
As for PFT’s other comment on Quinn about whether or not Quinn wants to be “Hollywood”, are they serious? Was there a single other athlete that this weekend’s combine in better shape than Quinn? All he has done since graduating early with his double major has been work out and prepare for the draft. There aren’t any pictures of him floating around the internet with drunken girls draped over him like there was with Leinart last year. Question Quinn’s big game performances all you want, but don’t question his work ethic – he’s put in more time in the weight and film rooms than almost every other college football player this past year.