TCU QB Andy Dalton, The Draft Study

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I cannot find why Andy Dalton ultimately decided to go to TCU, but I can tell you that it was a good decision.

CBS Sports:

He was only 185 pounds when he arrived at TCU, so Dalton spent his redshirt season bulking up and learning a new offense. He took over the starting job in 2007 and promptly shattered the Horned Frogs’ freshman passing records.



Dalton only missed two games in his collegiate career. He finished 39-7 as a starter in the regular season with a 3-1 record in bowl games, including 12-0 his senior season culminating with a win in the Rose Bowl as the #3 team in the country. They defeated #5 Wisconsin. Dalton’s only loss in a bowl was to Boise State in 2009 at the Fiesta Bowl. It was a 7-point loss after defeating Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl the year before, 17-16.

  • 11-5 TD to INT ratio as a sophomore, with 14 sacks
  • 23-8 ratio as a JR, with 12 sacks
  • 27-6 ratio as a SR, with 8 sacks
  • Career stats Passing: of 10,314 yards, 72 TDs, and 30 INT’s
  • Career stats Rushing: 1,611 yards, 32 TDs, and 0 fumbles lost


Quotes to Note:

“Some kids you have to talk about it,” TCU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Justin Fuente said. “You have to draw it, you have to walk through it, you have to see it in a game, you have to make a mistake, and then you have to come back and you finally get it. Andy, you can sit there and say, ‘OK, when this happens, this is going to happen,’ and he can see it in his mind and know what you’re talking about.”

“Andy can look at me and know what I’m thinking about the football,” Kerley said.

Dalton has been throwing to starting wide receivers Jeremy Kerley and Jimmy Young for four years.

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  • The Linebacker

    What lack of arm strength? The Rose Bowl highlights showed him hitting the out routes with enough power and his long balls were right on the money and in stride.

    • jagtagonist

      this is andy dalton vs san diego state

      the arm strength issue is a little more apparent here. It’s not one i would lose sleep over it’s just that it does limit him physically. he can make all the throws. The problem is that some of these throws float whenthey shouldnt. sometimes he has to “push” his body a little more into the throw than someone like mallet or kaepernick would need to.

      but watch that and let me know what you think. or at least the first 2 minutes of it

      • The Linebacker

        I see it somewhat. He looks like he’s really having to give it his all to make his throws. Doesn’t look easy for him. Kinda like he’s trying to throw a fastball every throw. The touch throws were good though and it looks like he has the strength to throw it deep and the placement to get the fade route.

        • jagtagonist

          once again, im wit 100% on that assessment

          he has to try harder than you’d want but at the same time, he is a student of the game, he is extremely accurate and he has a good enough arm.

          Drew Brees did it, so does this convince scouts that Dalton, the second most winningest QB in NCAA history can do it as well?

          theres our big question