Countdown to Kickoff: #17 Quincy Carter

The question on everyone's mind entering the start of training camp is: Will Quincy Carter be able to overcome the odds and overtake Chad Hutchinson as the starting quarterback in 2003? We've got the complete scoop on the Cowboys' situation at quarterback in this extensive report.

QB Quincy Carter
6-2, 231
DOB: 10/13/1977
Georgia



Quick Bio
Carter, who lead the Georgia Bulldogs to a 20-9 record during his tenure in Athens, left Georgia as one of the top quarterbacks in school history, finishing his three-year career second in school annals in completions (483), pass attempts (853) and passing yards (6,447) and third in career touchdown passes (35). He elected to come out of school early, and was surprisingly drafted in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL draft. After spending the early part of that season on the bench, he took over the starting quarterback position from late 2001 through early 2002. He's completed 215-of-397 passes for 2537 yards, 12 touchdowns and 15 INTs during his two seasons in the league.

The Scoop
Carter was benched in favor of Chad Hutchinson last season, but he'll compete for the starting signal caller's role again in training camp this year. The former Georgia star has been plagued by poor decision-making and a lack of leadership throughout his NFL career, but legitimate hope still remains that he can pick up the pieces and still become a productive quarterback. Overall, Carter is just 6-9 in his 15 career starts as a Dallas Cowboy.

Key Points
  • Head coach Bill Parcells has let be known that the starting quarterback position is wide open entering the start of training camp in San Antonio. Nevertheless, Carter is still facing an uphill battle against a quarterback that is taller, makes better decisions, and is an overall better passer out of the pocket.

  • Insiders say that Carter and owner Jerry Jones had a major falling out last season, and that Carter was very close to be given his unconditional release earlier this year. However, with the Cowboys unable to find a veteran quarterback to their liking to help bolster depth, Carter remained on board and will compete with Chad Hutchinson for the starting position once again this spring.

  • Carter has always had difficulty with is accuracy, but truth be told, Bill Parcells is serious about giving him the opportunity to regain his starting spot. Parcells obliviously wasn't the coach last season, and he has chosen to ignore some of the rumors concerning Carter not fully understanding the playbook and improvising on the fly.

  • "I have to be equitable with these guys and give them an equal chance," Parcells said earlier this year about the potential quarterback competition that will be held at training camp. "I don't think you can just say this guy is a starter. We are going to let them fight it out at camp, and figure it out as soon as possible."

    Outlook
    Quincy Carter has been a much-maligned player ever since owner Jerry Jones selected him with the 53rd pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. He never has lived up to expectations after his freshman year at Georgia, and up to this point, his NFL career has been just as disappointing. Nevertheless, he will still be given every opportunity to overtake Chad Hutchinson this year. While some fans seem to always stand behind him, we just don't think he has what it takes to get the job done.

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