UA adds possible Favre-like QB

After creating a buzz at the Elite 11 camp and shining in front of Arkansas coach Houston Nutt and four of his assistants in a scrimmage, Texas prep quarterback Casey Dick commits right away after getting a scholarship offer.

The University of Arkansas football program, got a commitment from Brett Favre this weekend.

Well, not really, but the Razorbacks did haul in a Texas-style version of Green Bay's great quarterback when Allen signal caller Casey Dick (6-2, 200) verbally committed to the UA along with teammate Marcus Shavers on Saturday night.

"I can't put into words how great of a person Casey is and what a great quarterback Arkansas is getting," Shavers said.

The comparison to Favre was made by none other than Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt, who brought along four assistants to watch Dick and Shavers scrimmage last Thursday.

"After watching him Thursday, I know that Coach Nutt was comparing him to Brett Farve," Shavers said. "I think that is a great comparison because he is tough, he celebrates like Favre does when we score and he is a great leader. He is more like a linebacker in a quarterback's body. He will take you on head on and win."

That's pretty heady stuff for a young man, who actually will be a full-time starter for the first time this season after splitting time with senior Greg Richardson last season.

"That's nice of them to say, but I know I have so much to work on," Dick said. "I do have a lot of confidence in myself, know I am ready to take over the team full-time and know there are big things going to happen for our football team this season."

Dick, a pocket passer, completed 37 of 64 passes for 601 yards and seven touchdowns this past season while also running for 114 yards and another four touchdowns.

He did not start a game, but played in 14 of 15 and was recently featured in the Dallas Morning News after a standout performance at the prestigious Elite 11 camp on the campus of Texas A&M.

"These past two years I have been very patient and taken time to learn the game, paying attention to how letting the receivers get open and getting them the ball where it needs to be, reading defenses and things like that," Dick said. "Now I am ready to take over fully and I am very prepared because of the work I have put in."

Allen made the switch from the Wing-T to the spread offense before last season.

"I can't tell you how happy that made us all on the offense," Dick said. "We went from a running team that got maybe 200 yards a game to one that was getting over 450 a game and putting up tons of points."

Dick, who was at last season's Arkansas-Florida game and also came to a game as a sophomore, chose Arkansas after also receiving interest from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Rice, Kansas and SMU.

"From the first time I went up there two years ago (as a sophomore), it has always been my top choice and I am happy things worked out for Marcus and I to go to the same place," Dick said. "The atmosphere is just incredible."


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