Bills sign ex-MICHIGAN QB to practice squad

Perhaps hoping to tap into the current success of Michigan quarterbacks in the NFL – Denver's Brian Griese and New England's Tom Brady – the Bills signed former Wolverines quarterback Scott Dreisbach to their practice squad Wednesday.


Most recently, Dreisbach was with the Oakland Raiders. He signed with the team as a rookie free agent in 1999 and did well in two preseason games, but was unfortunate when he suffered a broken leg in the second one – against Dallas. He broke his right fibula. The previous week vs. St. Louis, Dreisbach threw a late touchdown to beat the St. Louis Rams, 18-17. He was well on his way to earning the No. 3 job with the Raiders.

Still, Dreisbach made the Raiders' roster and healed quickly. By late September he could run in practice and though he remained on the injury list, he was never put on Injured Reserve. During 2000 Raiders training camp, Dreisbach suffered a rotator cuff injury and this time was put on IR for the season.

In May 2001, less than a week after Oakland drafted Marques Tuiasosopo in the second round, it released Dreisbach. The Raiders apparently had questions about Dreisbach's arm strength after he had difficulty throwing.

Dreisbach started for Michigan in 1995, leading the Wolverines to a 4-0 mark, but suffered a thumb injury in practice and Griese replaced him, leading Michigan to a 9-4 overall record and a win over No. 2 Ohio State that year. In ‘96, Dreisbach started again for the whole season, but struggled in the Outback Bowl vs. Alabama, a 17-14 loss. Griese replaced him that game then won the quarterback competition with Dreisbach the following season. Griese helped lead the Wolverines to a Rose Bowl win in his last year of eligibility in 1997.

In 1998, Dreisbach played in just three games while the Wolverines went with Drew Henson and Tom Brady as their main quarterbacks.

In June 2001, Dreisbach was arrested in South Bend, Ind. with his brother, Andrew, and charged with resisting arrest and battery on a police officer following a melee outside a theater. The two are believed to have negotiated a plea agreement and settlement. In 1995, Dreisbach was also arrested for trying to purchase alcohol in Michigan with a fake ID. He pleaded no contest.

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