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By BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: August 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm •  Published: August 25, 2010
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Are quarterbacks born or bred

Is a great quarterback born with the attributes to succeed or can they be bred to have success?

"It's a combination of both," Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said. "You can be successful if you have one or the other you can be really successful if you have both."

A glimpse at two of the most successful quarterbacks under Holgorsen proves that physical attributes don't define success. Houston quarterback Case Keenum is a two-star recruit who has become one of the nation's top quarterbacks. Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell was a four-star recruit who became a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Each is the son of a coach.

"You can take a guy who is born that way but if he's not around it, then he doesn't get it and he won't be very good," Holgorsen said. "If you take a guy who may not have the physical tools Peyton Manning has but he's been around it his whole life as a coach's kid, guys like Case Keenum, Graham Harrell, those guys can be pretty good.

"If you have a guy who's been around it and he has the skills now you're talking Peyton Manning."

By Brandon Chatmon


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