School-record holder in attempts (1,478), completions (921), passing yards (13,166) and touchdowns (121). Records were previously held by David Greene. 2013: Started first 11 games before suffering a torn left ACL on Nov. 23 against Kentucky. Was named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. 2012: Started all 14 games and won the Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player Award. Set single-season school records in passing yards (3,893) and TD (36). 2011: Second-team All-SEC selection after starting all 14 games and earning team offensive MVP honors. 2010: Was an SEC All-Freshman Team pick after starting all 13 games. Was also named Team Offensive MVP and Newcomer of the Year. Threw for Georgia freshman record 3,049 yards. 2009: Redshirted. High school: Parade and U.S. Army All-American pick. Suffered broken fibula early in his senior season, but returned to lead team to Class 4A state championship. Was named Mr. Football in Florida as a junior.
STRENGTHS Has a quick release and is light enough on his feet to escape the first wave and make some plays on the move. Solid decision-maker -- takes what the defense gives him. Fine short-to-intermediate accuracy. Good intangibles. Encouraging team leader with a likeable personality. Leads by example. Serves well as the face of the program. Outstanding work ethic. Is very intelligent and football smart. Experienced, four-year starter in the SEC.
WEAKNESSES Short and short-armed with a low release point that leads to batted balls. Very small-framed with a thin waist and a body that is not built to withstand the punishment that comes in the pocket. Average arm talent. Has to set his feet and everything needs to be perfect to function well. Could stand to improve his footwork. Marginal deep-ball accuracy -- tends to overstride and forces receivers to adjust. Many passes are pre-determined and often throws to spots. Loses poise under duress and can be rattled easily by pressure. Gets too jittery and anxious (overanalyzes) in big games and has a very low winning percentage vs. top-10 teams. Long-term durability is concerning.
DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 5-6
BOTTOM LINE Diminutive, game-managing pocket passer still recovering from a torn ACL. Would benefit from a moving pocket that can create open throwing lanes, yet does not have the foot quickness desired for a rollout passing game. Possesses a skill set most ideally suited for a backup or No. 3 role. Intelligence, intangibles and experience are all pluses.