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OSU football: Age question continues to hound Brandon Weeden

SENIOR BOWL — Former Oklahoma State quarterback has been impressive during workouts this week in preparation for Saturday's all-star game.
By David Purdum, For The Tulsa World Published: January 26, 2012

“In college, they're always in shotgun. Here, 80 percent of our plays are from under center, but he was actually very natural at it,” said LaFleur. “I was very impressed with how fluid he is. And he can really throw it, one of the best I've been around.”

Off the field, Weeden has been equally as impressive, charming the media with his charisma and wit, despite being asked about his age in every interview — and there have been dozens daily.

“Oh, yeah, it's been asked about in every one,” Weeden said with a smile. “I haven't done an interview in a long time that it hasn't been asked.”

He later joked about how a doctored birth certificate would probably earn him a lot of money.

“I can give you my whole 30-minute spiel on the subject, because I have one” he added. “But I really do believe it is a positive, something that will put me in a position to contribute immediately. If you ask the teams, probably 25 of them don't care, and the ones that do probably already have Hall of Famers at quarterback like the Patriots and Packers.”

The Redskins don't have a Hall of Famer at quarterback currently, and Shanahan has drafted a 27-year-old rookie before in former Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson.

“When it comes do a guy who played baseball (like Weeden), you just have to look at all scenarios,” Shanahan. “Does he have the passion? What type of athlete he is? What type of leader is he? You just have to project him to your scheme. It really comes down to if a guy can help your football team win. You have to evaluate it and obviously draft accordingly.

“That's why it's a great for a guy like me to be around a quarterback like this for a few days,” Shanahan added. “You get to see his passion, his accountability and how he relates to the other players.”

Starting lineups for Saturday's 3 p.m. kickoff will be announced Friday.