Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn once relayed a theory about quarterbacks to ULM coach Charlie Weatherbie. Zorn, an ex-NFL passer with the Seattle Seahawks served as offensive on Weatherbie's staff at Utah State. The two remain close coaching confidants.
"If you can get a guy with three hours of really good focus -- that's what Jim Zorn used to always say when I first hired him as offensive coordinator at Utah State," Weatherbie said. "Give me a guy that can stay focused for three hours and we can make a winner out of a football team. I think that's a key."
Weatherbie had such a player at Utah State – quarterback Anthony Calvillo led the Aggies to a Big West championship and a win in the Las Vegas Bowl.
It's early still, but Weatherbie is still seeing some of the gritty determination from ULM quarterback Trey Revell.
"We know that Trey is capable of being a very good quarterback for us," Weatherbie said. "He's done a very good job of leading this football team, and getting the ball down the field to the right receivers. He's done a good job of reading. It seems like he's got very good focus, and that's key."
Revell and his ULM teammates showed the ability shrug off miscues in its win over Florida International. "You've got to be able to overcome adversity at that position," Weatherbie said. "It's one of those things. It's like being a corner. You've got to have quick memory loss."
ULM's televised game against Arkansas State on ESPN2 provides a rare opportunity for positive national exposure on Tuesday night. "I think we can showcase northeast Louisiana, we can showcase ULM and we can showcase ULM football," Weatherbie said.