Drafted: Pick 19 of the 1st round by Baltimore
Positives: Has an athletic frame with good muscle definition...Possesses the size, strength, speed, body control and change of direction agility that are needed for this position...Displays good mental and physical toughness, showing good work habits on the field and in the weight room...Quick in his set up, getting a good push away from the line of scrimmage in his drops...Puts good velocity and zip behind his tosses...Has a good touch, knowing when to take some velocity off on dump-offs and can drop it over the top...Poised in the pocket, displaying a good feel for the pass rush...Mobile in the pocket, showing the ability to sidestep pass rushers to buy time...Has the speed needed to scramble, possessing a fluid medium stride heading upfield...Has worked hard to develop a more compact delivery, while improving his footwork and accuracy.
Negatives: Slow to develop before 2002, as he worked with several different offensive coordinators during his career...Has spent the last year having his mechanics overhauled, but still needs to reduce his big, elongated delivery...Throws into coverage a bit and needs to show better consistency reading defenses...Does not always follow through with his release, showing a long throwing arc...Makes receivers adjust to the ball too often and needs to do a better job of hitting his targets in stride... Pats the ball, at times, to trigger his throwing motion...Spent time recently working with the coaching staff to keep his arm still (tends to stick out his left arm through his delivery)...Does not always square up when rolling out, showing inconsistent footwork, which causes him to lose a little accuracy... Has just adequate agility in the pocket, but does run well once he breaks out...Has trouble reading defenses at times, staying on his primary targets too long...Needs to secure the ball better before running, as he has had fumble problems in the past.
Three-year starter who was one of the most highly acclaimed recruits in the country... Experienced a breakout senior campaign, showing increased maturity and experience to emerge as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation...Had the advantage of working with new head coach Jeff Tedford and offensive coordinator George Cortez in 2002, as both are recognized as some of the top QB technicians in the game...Showed tremendous improvement during his final season, especially in his footwork, fundamentals and accuracy...The Cal coaches rave about his arm strength, toughness and leadership skills...His work in the weight room has added more than 20 pounds to his frame the last two years...In 42 games, he completed 622 of 1301 passes (47.8%) for 7980 yards, 64 touchdowns and 48 interceptions...Only Troy Taylor (8126, 1986-89) threw for more yards in Cal history...His 64 touchdowns topped the previous school career-record of 54 by Pat Barnes (1993-96)...Gained 7811 yards in total offense, the second-best total in school annals behind Taylor's 8236.
All-Pac 10 Conference second-team selection...Named team Offensive Most Valuable Player...Started every game, completing 225 of 421 passes (53.4%) for 2815 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions...Only Pat Barnes (3499 in 1996) threw for more yards in a season at the school...Only Barnes (31 in 1996) had more touchdown passes in a season for the Bears...Carried 72 times for minus 83 yards and three scores...Gained 2732 yards in total offense, the fourth-best season total in school history.
Baylor...Fumbled the ball, but made up for the miscue by running for a 3-yard score and hitting on 18 of 26 passes for 213 yards and 213 yards.
New Mexico State...Went over the top for a 1-yard score and completed 19 of 32 tosses for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Michigan State...Added a 2-yard scoring run as he connected on 19 of 33 throws for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Air Force...Gained 216 yards on 13 of 37 tries with a score.
Washington State...Hit on 29 of 47 attempts for 371 yards and 3 touchdowns...His 371 yards were the most by a Cal passer since Pat Barnes gained 435 yards vs. UCLA in 1996.
Washington...Threw for 266 yards on 13 of 24 chances with 5 touchdowns, including 8 & 40-yarders to Jonathan Makonnen...His five scoring tosses rank third on the school's game-record list.
Southern California...Turned the ball over on an interception and fumble, but completed 20 of 30 throws for 221 yards and a pair of scores, despite playing with a right hand bruise.
UCLA...Totaled a season-low 133 yards with a score on 13 of 30 passes while also fumbling the ball.
Oregon State...Completed 27 of 51 passes for 284 yards, but lost the ball on a fumble.
Arizona State...Made up for two turnovers (one interception, one fumble) as he connected on 16 of 35 attempts for 213 yards and 5 touchdowns, including a 47-yarder to Lashaun Ward.
Arizona...Gained 298 yards on 22 of 45 passes with a pair of scores, including a 25-yarder to Ward.
Stanford...Closed out his career by finding Ward with touchdown tosses of 31 & 22 yards as he made a solo tackle (on his interception) and completed 16 of 31 passes for 188 yards.
Academic All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention...Recipient of the team's Ken Cotton Award (most courageous) and the Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award...Played in nine games, completing 134 of 272 passes (49.3%) for 1741 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions...Carried 77 times for 191 yards (0.8 avg) and a score.
Brigham Young...Gained 242 yards with a touchdown on 19 of 33 passes.
Washington State...Hit on 10 of 22 attempts for 135 yards and a pair of scores, including a 45-yarder to Charon Arnold.
Washington...Totaled 265 yards on 21 of 36 chances with 4 touchdowns.
Oregon...Completed 18 of 40 passes for 171 yards and a score before being replaced for the team's final two possessions.
UCLA and Oregon State...Did not play due to lower back pain.
Arizona...Returned to connect on 9 of 27 throws for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Lashaun Ward (38 & 44 yards).
Stanford...Added 278 yards and a score on 19 of 46 tosses.
Rutgers...Closed out the season with 15 of 26 passes for 193 yards and a 40-yard touch- down to Ward.
Started every game, completing 163 of 349 passes (46.7%) for 2121 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions...Scored twice on 65 carries and averaged 188.8 yards per game in total offense.
Utah...Threw for 209 yards on 18 of 28 tries and a 12-yard score to James Smith.
Illinois...Had a pair of touchdown passes as he completed 15 of 32 attempts for 162 yards.
UCLA...Hit on 16 of 34 throws for 252 yards and 3 touchdowns, including 23 & 36-yarders to Joe Igber as he rallied the team to a 41-38 victory.
Oregon State...Collected a season-high 349 yards on 17 of 44 passes with 3 touchdowns, including a season-long 81-yarder to Derek Swafford.
Appeared in ten games, starting eight contests...Completed 100 of 259 passes (38.6%) for 1303 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions...Averaged 119.8 yards per game in total offense.
Arizona State...In his first career start, he hit on 17 of 32 passes for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Brigham Young...Gained 173 yards with a score on 11 of 33 chances.
Oregon State...Connected on 12 of 39 passes for 151 yards, including a career-long 83-yard touchdown to Drae Harris...His 83-yarder was the fourth-longest pass completion in school history.
Oregon...Hit on 9 of 25 passes for 134 yards and a score before suffering a badly separated right shoulder that would require surgery two days later, forcing him to miss the season finale vs. Stanford.
Underwent surgery (11/15) to repair a badly separated right shoulder suffered in the 1999 Oregon State game...Sat out the 2001 UCLA and Oregon State contests due to lower back pain...Suffered a bruised right hand in the 2002 Southern California game.
Campus Agility Tests
4.78 in the 40-yard dash...265-pound bench press...286-pound power clean...29-inch vertical jump...33 1/4-inch arm length...9 3/4-inch hands...Right-handed...15/28 Wonderlic score...Grew over nine inches from age 16 to age 19.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
Attended Hart (Newhall, Cal.) High...Earned California state Player of the Year honors after an incredible 1998 season...Led Hart HS to the Southern Section Division IV title with a 13-1 record...Passed for an all-time state best of 4,838 yards and threw for 59 touchdowns, the second-best mark in California history...Only had three interceptions all year for a remarkable TD-to-interception ratio...Ended the season completing 290-of-454 passes (63.9%)...Threw for 475 yards (29-36) and 7 TDs against Burbank HS and 423 yards (28-39) against Burroughs HS...Considered the best prospect to emerge from the San Fernando Valley since John Elway came out of Granada Hills HS in the late '70s...Rated the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the nation by PrepStar and was that publication's national Offensive Co-Player of the Year...Also rated No. 1 nationally by Max Emfinger's Recruiting Service, No. 2 by Super Prep and No. 3 by Student Sports...Super Prep Far West Offensive Player of the Year, ranking as the region's No. 1 overall prospect in the West...Earned Parade All-American honors...Threw a last-second TD pass to win the California-Texas all-star game in July of '99...Member of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West team with 8 votes...Prep followers still marvel about the pass he threw against Canyon HS which went 73 yards in the air for a completion...Comes from same program that produced former Cal All-America QB Joe Kapp...Did not start as a junior as he played behind David Neill, who went on to play at Nevada...Started at safety as a junior...Played defense the last few games of the '98 season, registering a crucial interception in the final minute of the section championship game to preserve a 17-14 victory over St. Paul HS.
American Studies major...Son of Karen and Bob Boller...Father is a former nationally ranked high jumper who cleared the 7-0 barrier...Sister, Candace, was a starter on the Loyola Marymount volleyball team...Born 6/17/81 in Burbank, California...Resides in Newhall, California.
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