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Savage: Webb, Peterman potential starters

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

Here is his analysis of the quarterbacks based on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practices with some assistance from our detailed partners at Pro Football Focus. 

“Potential Starters”

#7 DAVIS WEBB/California (SOUTH)        
6045/229 | 33 3/4" Arm-9 1/8” Hand
In his only season at Cal as a graduate transfer, Davis connected on 382-of-620 passes (61.6%) for 4295 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He has an intriguing combination of height and arm strength to go along with his maturity and football intellect. Although his practices were uneven, this former Texas Tech QB put it all together on game day with a sterling performance to earn the Reese’s Cup MVP trophy in Mobile.

Team Drills:   10-for-21/65 yards/2 touchdowns
Game Stats:    11-for-16/165 yards/1 touchdown

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: Davis served as a captain while at Texas Tech and Cal and finished his three-year starting career with 83 touchdowns against 34 interceptions.

604/225 | 31 3/8” Arm-9 7/8” Hand
This two-year starter really fits a West Coast style of offense that is based on vision, rhythm and timing. Nate is efficient in his drops and pocket movement, keeps his eyes downfield and has enough arm to reach all parts of the field. The Bears coaching staff used him extensively in the game and he responded with a noteworthy showing.

Team Drills:   25-for-32/205 yards/1 touchdown
Game Stats:    16-for-23/153 yards/1 touchdown

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: After graduating and then transferring to Pitt, in his two seasons for the Panthers, he threw for 5142 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

“Developmental Dual-Threats”

#2 ANTONIO PIPKIN/Tiffin (SOUTH)          
6007/225 | 32 1/4" Arm-10” Hand
This four-year starter gave glimpses of his potential on certain passes and runs during the week. He has more than enough arm talent and does some subtle things with his eye control and shoulder fakes that go beyond the Division II level.

Team Drills:   5-for-11/93 yards/1 touchdown
Game Stats:    2-for-4/17 yards/2 interceptions

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: Despite a disappointing showing in the RSB game, Antonio earned Player of the Year honors in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2016 season and finished his career with 10940 yards passing, 88 touchdowns and 32 interceptions, while rushing for 2207 yards (4.3avg) and 25 more scores.

#11 JOSH DOBBS/Tennessee (SOUTH)     
6032/216 | 32” Arm-9 3/8” Hand
Josh gave flashes of being able to make the jump from a college spread system to more of a pro-style attack during his week in Mobile. He has a capable arm, but is inconsistent with his accuracy. If given ample time and pro coaching, Josh may be able to clean up some of his footwork and accuracy issues, while developing as a multidimensional backup.

Team Drills:   25-for-31/200 yards/1 touchdown
Game Stats:    12-for-15/104 yards/1 interception

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: Josh joined Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott as the only quarterbacks in SEC history to throw for 15 touchdowns and run for 10 more in consecutive seasons.

“Likely Backups” 

#15 C.J. BEATHARD/Iowa (NORTH)            
6025/219 | 31” Arm-9 1/8” Hand
C.J. understands where to go with the football and can be an effective passer when given time in the pocket. In his career as a two-year starter for the Hawkeyes, he completed 58.1% of his passes for 5562 yards, 40 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Team Drills:   17-for-24/162 yards/2 touchdowns
Game Stats:    1-for-2/4 yards

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: C.J. comes from a football family that includes grandfather, Bobby, former NFL general manager and uncle, Jeff, currently a scout for the Carolina Panthers. His father, Casey, played at Elon College and is now an accomplished country music songwriter in Nashville. 

#3 SEFO LIUFAU/Colorado (NORTH)          
6033/240 | 33” Arm-10 7/8” Hand
A three-time captain for the Buffaloes, Sefo has excellent size, toughness and leadership for the position. More thrower than passer at this point, he must smooth out his motion and become more pinpoint accurate with the football as he transitions from his college offense to the NFL game. 

Team Drills:   11-for-19/64 yards/1 interception
Game Stats:    N/A

Reese’s Senior Bowl Pieces: Chosen as the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year in 2016, Sefo closed his career at Colorado by setting 98 school records.