Fellow Lion Brandon Pettigrew, an OSU tight end from 2005-08, said Weeden has â€œgot a cannon of an arm.â€ But all those offensive stars of OSU seasons past rarely got to see Weeden at work.
Weeden is right. It's hard to impress from the scout team. Remember, Weeden was a third-team quarterback as late as last November, when Robinson had to sit out the Colorado game with a concussion and Gundy turned to Alex Cate as his replacement.
Weeden was inserted at halftime of that near-disaster and rallied the Cowboys from an 11-point deficit to a 31-28 victory. That's when OSU found its quarterback of the future.
Back in 2008, then-OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman told Weeden, â€œYou have a chance to be pretty good.â€
Said Weeden, â€œSo I believed it. I continued to get better.â€
Cowboy defensive backs, who had to defend against Weeden's scout-team passes, raved about his arm. So there was a level of optimism even before the Colorado game, even if Gundy and Robinson hadn't seen the promise.
And now the scout-teamer could become what OSU thought Robinson might be (all-conference) and dared not dream he would be. A championship quarterback.
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WEEDEN vs. BRADFORD
Brandon Weeden's prolific passing numbers and how they compare with Sam Bradford's 2008 Heisman Trophy season through 11 games:
Player: C-A-I, Yds, Pct, TD, Sacks, QB rating
Weeden: 289-427-10, 3,780, 67.7, 30, 10, 160.54
Bradford: 238-349-6, 3,610, 68.2, 42, 11, 191.36