However, Flynn, who came into Baton Rouge as one of the top 20 high school quarterbacks in America, was joined in the 2003 recruiting class by JaMarcus Russell, the country's top ranked signal caller; making Flynn possibly the best back up quarterback in the nation.
During his junior year at
He then topped that performance the following season by completing 124 of 206 passes for 1,697 yards and nine touchdowns. He also ran for 305 yards and 12 scores during his senior campaign.
Coming out of high school, he was
heavily recruited by schools such as
After red shirting during the 2003
National Championship campaign, Flynn saw action in all 12 games as the holder
on place kicks during his freshman season, making three appearances behind
center, where he completed four of ten passes for 99 yards. He also recorded one
passing touchdown, connecting with Xavier Carter for 67 yards against
Becoming the backup quarterback last season, Flynn saw action in nine games, where he completed 27 of 48 passes for 457 yards and seven touchdowns, while giving up just one interception.
He earned his first collegiate start when Russell was out during the Peach Bowl, where Flynn stepped up, completing 13 of 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns to be named the Bowl's Offensive MVP.
That was a memorable performance
that will likely never be forgotten in the minds of Tiger fans all across
Dearman's Perspective on Flynn:
While Matt Flynn proved he has the
talent to be successful in big games with his performance against
While he did throw for 196 yards in
the season finale, that is a number JaMarcus Russell topped seven times last
season, including against SEC powerhouses
Russell will likely be the starter when the Tigers take the field against UL-Lafayette but do not be surprised if Flynn gets the keys to the car at some point during the season and drives the Tigers to another New Year's Day bowl.