Live Evaluation: Duke Anyanwu

A live evaluation of Blaine (Minn.) quarterback Duke Anyanwu in a game against Osseo.

Duke Anyanwu
Class: 2012
Position: QB
Ht: 6'4"
Wt: 220
Recruiting Notes: Offers from UNI, UND, and Air Force. Interest from Minnesota.

Anyanwu is a QB with great size and strength who runs hard and does a great job of putting his shoulder down and using that big frame of his to punish defenders and gain a few extra yards with each carry. When handing the ball off to his running back, he does such a good job of carrying out a fake and running as if he kept the ball that he usually draws at least one or two defenders to him, allowing his running back to have some big gains.

He takes all of his snaps from the shotgun position in Blaine's spread option type offense which has him running the ball much more than he throws, but when he does throw he shows good throwing mechanics and puts a nice spin on the ball. He also has a nice, high release allowing him to easily throw over defensive linemen, especially on screen plays. He is very good at flipping his hips and feet very quickly to throw the short hitch routes toward the sidelines, and throws well on the move too, showing great form in turning his trunk toward his target so he doesn't have to throw across his body.

While Anyanwu is able to use his size to gain a lot of tough yards on the ground, there is some concern about how well he would do against bigger and stronger defensive players in college. Although he can be a shifty runner at times, he probably doesn't have the speed and quickness to be as dangerous running the ball as he would need to be, to run a spread option offense like he does now. So Anyanwu will need to transition into more of a traditional pocket passer with the ability to run if needed, rather than being primarily a running quarterback.

He will need a lot of extra coaching to make this transition happen, particularly with his ability to read defensive coverages and find open receivers early. Right now, when passing down field, he tends to hold the ball too long waiting for receivers to become wide open before throwing to them, which means he is usually under a lot of pressure by the time he makes the decision to throw the ball and is often inaccurate with his throws because of it.

If he learns to read the defense and anticipate the receiver coming open and get rid of the ball quickly, he would most likely improve his accuracy. If he can do that, he will give defenses a lot of trouble because he will be a threat to throw deep, throw on the move, or keep the ball and use his feet to make a play.

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