Jerry's Take on .... QB David Koral

UCLA quarterback David Koral didn't see a lot of action during his collegiate career, but Jerry Langton explains why he's worth watching this year in training camp.

David Koral, QB
UCLA


Numbers: 6030/218/4.86

2005 stats: 5-3-35-0-0 passing/2-(-1)-0 rushing

The player: Wow, the Colts signed a quarterback who backed up a guy (Drew Olson) who didn't even get drafted — must be a real winner. Actually, he could be. Some players make better pros than collegians and Koral could be one of them. A strong-armed kid with decent athleticism, Koral only played one game of significance in his college career, but looked very good, showing the kind of spark, energy and leadership necessary for an NFL job. When Olson went down in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl, Koral stepped in, threw two quick touchdowns and almost rallied UCLA from 10-0 deficit past Wyoming, who eventually won 24-21. He showed a great deal of guts, accuracy and improvisation, but he was also sacked five times and lost a very costly fumble.

How he fits: At this point, Koral has to be considered a major project and a longshot to make the ball club. But if he impresses the staff and Betts doesn't show significant improvement, he could surprise us all. Either way, I see a year of NFL Europe action ahead of him.

Reminds me of: Matt Cassell, Patriots (and not just because he didn't start in college either)


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