Scouting Report: Byron Leftwich

Set a bevy of school and conference records at Marshall the past three years. MAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-Conference selection as a senior, completing 67.4% of his throws for 4,268 yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Name:  Byron Leftwich  School:  Marshall  Year:   4Sr

Ht:  6-5.5  Wt:  241  40:  5.00  Pos:  QB

Bio: Set a bevy of school and conference records at Marshall the past three years. MAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-Conference selection as a senior, completing 67.4% of his throws for 4,268 yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Originally named Conference Player of the Year in 2001 tossing 67.0%/4,132/38/7, becoming the first quarterback in league history to throw for more than 4,000 yards.  Set conference records for total offense (4,224), total touchdowns (41) and passing completions (315).  Put together a remarkable first season under center at Marshall in 2000 posting numbers of 61.1%/3,358/21/9.  Suffered through the later part of his senior campaign with a shin injury which shelved him for a few games as well as the Senior Bowl.  First reported to be a strain but was a broken leg, the second time that's happened in college.

Pos: Big, tough pocket passer with top physical skills.  Sets up with solid footwork, patient in the pocket and goes to the safe underneath receiver if nothing is available downfield. Poised, withstands the rush and remains calm if the play breaks down.  Buys time, does not force his throws and successfully puts touch on his passes when needed. Puts air under the corner routes, very accurate over the middle and quickly delivers the ball with an over the top motion.  Passes have zip, immediately get to the intended target and he drives the ball downfield.  Sells his play action passes, displays a good pump fake and for the most part places the ball in front of receivers and lets them run the pass.  Tough and plays with pain.

Neg:  Not quick delivering the ball off a three step drop or on the quick outs.  Steps out of his throws, directs his passes and if he misses targets he is usually high of the mark. Lacks the pinpoint accuracy as receivers are usually adjusting to the throw. Stares down the primary target on occasion.

Analysis:   A true leader and top competitor with a basic understanding of the position and the required tools needed to be successful.  Needs to iron out the rough edges and it may take some time but capable of leading a team at the next level.

 


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