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