#NFL Prospect: Baylor’s Bryce Petty, the Real Scoring Deal
Bryce Petty. If you haven’t heard of his name, then you’re out of the loop. He is definitely a Heisman Trophy-worthy candidate, sitting behind quarterback favorites “Famous Jameis” Winston of Florida State, Texas A&M’s Johnny “Football” Manziel and undefeated Alabama’s AJ McCarron.
He’s the dynamic dual-threat quarterback leading the Baylor Bears, the alma mater of NFL starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, that has scored an average of 61 points per game and is matching Oregon Ducks in their quick, 2-minute touchdown pace.
They have only scored under 50 points in a game, TWICE. A 35-25 shootout vs. Kansas State and a 41-12 drubbing of Oklahoma. Petty is completing passes at a 66.8%, a crazy average of 13 yards per pass completion, 2,657 yards passing with 21 TD’s and only 1 interception.
Here are his 2013 season stats, per ESPN:
Here is a game-by-game look at his season (also from ESPN):
|2013 GAME LOG||PASSING|
|10/5||West Virginia||W 73-42||17||25||347||68.0||61||2||1||203.0|
|10/12||@Kansas State||W 35-25||12||21||332||57.1||93||3||0||237.1|
|10/19||Iowa State||W 71-7||23||31||343||74.2||42||2||0||188.4|
Here are the highlights of Baylor vs. Oklahoma:
He can throw short routes, middle routes and the deep ball. When pressured, Petty can step up in the pocket, keep the play alive and even run for yardage. But, as a junior, he still has much to improve on and is far from perfect.
So what’s the bad? Versus Oklahoma, he struggled with pocket pressure in the first half. He did scrambled for a first down or two with his feet on designed read-option draws. But, he overthrew a deep ball and barely got off a couple middle yardage routes. Petty needs line protection, that’s a given for any quarterback, but he does better against sagging zone coverage that gives him an opportunity to get rid of the football quickly. Man coverage makes him hold the ball longer than he’s used to.
His footwork is as good as any read-option quarterback, which isn’t saying much. This is why he struggles to find accuracy on some of his deep balls because he is shifting in the pocket, sliding away from pressure and throwing without completely getting his feet set.
To check it out for yourself, go to: http://draftbreakdown.com/video/bryce-petty-vs-oklahoma-2013/
I still pick him over Marcus Mariota, the star Oregon Ducks quarterback, because he has better arm strength even without getting his feet set. Mariota struggles when the running game isn’t going his way.
But, Petty is a great read-option college quarterback. How is this guy STILL not on everyone’s radar?