Aug 29, 2012 6:11 PM by Bill Halter
Standing 5'10" Andre Broadous doesn't look like a quarterback but besides height, Broadous has every thing you look for in a signal caller. "I was always good with the ball and when you're young they always want the play maker to be the quarterback at the young level. And then I started being able to throw the ball well so my (high school) coach started telling me I needed to take quarterback seriously" said Broadous. The senior from Portland, Oregon says he gains motivation from people doubting him because of his height.
Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh thinks Broadous will be in the running for national player of the year awards this season. "I think he's going to be one of the most exciting players in the FCS this year because he's so multiple talented. He has throwing the ball, running the ball. And the thing that has really stood out is the confidence he has in his ability to run our offense" said Walsh.
Broadous became the Mustangs starting quarterback four games into his sophomore season. "I remember at McNeese, he made a scramble play, there was nothing there. He rolled out to the right side and the next thing you know I see him taking off and he's 50 yards down the field in the endzone and at that point I knew, this guys a gamer" said line backer Kennith Jackson who like Broadous is a senior captain.
Injuries limited Broadous to just five games as a sophomore. Last season he started all eleven and set a school record with 18 rushing touchdowns. He's always been considered a good runner but the worry was what he could do as a passer. He put those worries to rest as a junior when he completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,235 yards and nine touchdowns. In 235 college passing attempts, Broadous has only thrown one interception compared to 13 touchdowns. "After 35 years of doing this, he is the most competitive player I think I've ever coached on Saturday nights" said Walsh.
This Saturday night Broadous will lead the Mustangs on the field against the University of San Diego. The Toreros finished 9-2 last season playing an easy schedule. They won the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League. "I got to get my guys ready to fight each and every game" said Broadous.
Kickoff on Saturday in Spanos Stadium is set for 4:00pm. USD, like Cal Poly is an FCS school but this is the first time since 1959 the teams will play each other.
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