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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Is being undersized overrated?



I've often argued that being undersized is overrated, especially with quarterbacks. Rivals agrees.

The recruiting site had this recent story on some notable small quarterbacks, including Plant alum Aaron Murray, who's having an OK season at Georgia.

Rivals also points out Notre Dame had some good luck this year with the 6-foot Everett Golson, and Ohio looked good with the 6-foot Tyler Tettleton. You can also include Drew Brees, Todd Reesing, Russell Wilson, RGIII and others, if you'd like.

I get the argument against smaller quarterbacks. Bigger ones are easier to justify and harder to scrutinize. If a recruiter misses on a 6-foot-5 kid, well, you missed on a guy who looked like he could play. It happens. If he misses on a 6-foot quarterback, you're inviting unwanted second-guessing from your fans and bosses. Shorter quarterbacks (in theory) also have a harder time seeing over giant linemen,although I question whether that's valid.

Let's discuss. How important is a quarterback's height to his success - in high school or beyond? Do recruiters overvalue height? Undervalue it? Accurately value it?

[Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:21am]


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