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Brand Proves His Worth With CSM

If you're looking for a dual-threat signal-caller who can leave right now, 2017 College of San Mateo QB Ryan Brand (5-10, 180) is a player who should be getting some attention...


Brand isn't your typical JUCO signal-caller.

First off, he signed with Air Force out of high school and spent a year in the Falcons' system before he decided to leave and take a different path and second, he didn't choose a program that was close to where his parents had set up their new home in Northern California.

"After I graduated (from University Of Detroit Jesuit) and enrolled at Air Force, my mom got a job transfer out here to Northern California, so when I went looking for a new place, I wanted it to be in that area," Brand recalled. "There are a bunch of good programs close to where they had settled, but I really liked the program here at CSM and coach 'T' (Tim Tulloch) was a good guy and I just felt like it was a great program to be part of and it had a really good rep and history of getting guys moved on to the next level."

Because of his height, Brand has had to deal with people over-looking him, but during his senior year in Detroit he was an Elite 11 Finalist, finishing 12th out of the 18 quarterbacks they invited.

"I feel like I did really well there and I think I surprised some people," Brand said. "There were guys there like Blake BarnettKyler Murray and Ricky Town and it came down to me and Josh Rosen for the final spot in the top 11, but they gave it to him. He's a great quarterback, but I felt like I did pretty well and showed them what I was about."

As a sophomore this season, Brand went 45 of 82 for 918 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions while also rushing for 169 yards and four more touchdowns.

"I get categorized as a dual-threat quarterback and when people hear that they think you are a running back who can throw the ball a little bit, but I don't see myself like that," Brand noted. "I think I am more of a passer that can run if the play breaks down and I need to keep the play alive with my legs.

"I have always tried to emulate Russell Wilson with the way I play. Some of it obviously has to do with my height, but he also isn't a guy who forces things. He takes what the defense gives him and he makes plays with his arm and his legs, but he's always looking to throw the ball and get it out to his playmakers and that's what I try to do."

On the recruiting trail, because he split time with another quarterback under center for the Bulldogs, Brand has been slow to see things pick up, but he's hoping his patience pays off.

"So far, I've talked to Maryland a little bit and Northern Illinois has also talked to me a little," Brand said. "Western Michigan has talked to me a little bit too, but so far, that's about it.

"I'm just hoping that someone gives me the chance to play ball because I feel like I can be effective at the next level and at a bigger program, but I can't control that, so I just have to keep working and make sure I am doing everything I can to be successful."

Brand is set to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two starting in 2017.

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