Boise State coach Chris Petersen announced Friday evening that fifth year Senior Taylor Tharp (Boulder, Colo./Fairview HS) was the winner of a tight battle for the starting quarterback position[details]
The good: Savvy senior developed nicely in the Boise State system while starting the past three seasons. Had an outstanding final season in leading the team's undefeated campaign and Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma. Has a quick release, fine footwork, accuracy and sound overall technique. As a senior, he threw for 2,587 yards (191 of 288) with 23 TDs and eight picks. Has the intangibles necessary for the position. At the Combine, he ran a fine 4.56 with a 35.5-inch vertical. Has a tough demeanor that earns the respect of his teammates.
The bad: Has marginal size and will have to show improvement in his arm strength, plus the ability to hold up physically in the NFL.
Outlook: A solid QB prospect who must prove durable as a pro and further develop his overall skills. Best-suited for a West Coast offense, he should get selected late with the upside to challenge for a No. 2 spot in time. Has marginal starting talent but also the potential to surprise.
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