Mike Leach found his quarterback for the 2017 recruiting class early last April when highly touted Connor Neville committed to the program out of Wilsonville, Oregon. Along the way the team picked up an intriguing walk-on from Bend who happens to be the son of a Cougar legend. Let’s see how Neville and John Bledsoe compare.
Neville: 6-3 195 5.0 40
Bledsoe: 6-4 210 40 unknown
Edge: Slight edge to Neville for mobility
Both quarterbacks played at the Oregon 5A level. Bledsoe beat out the more highly recruited Neville for All-State honors two years in a row and for that he gets the edge.
Neville: 2756 yards 35 touchdowns 10 interceptions 60% completion 7 rushing touchdowns
Bledsoe: 2726 yards 27 touchdowns 8 interceptions 65% completion 8 rushing touchdowns
Neville: No.21 quarterback in the country and 5th best player in the state of Oregon.
Bledsoe: No. 165 quarterback in the country and 35th best player in the state of Oregon.
Neville: Boise State and Hawaii.
Bledsoe: Northern Arizona
Neville: Neville shows outstanding accuracy and footwork in the pocket. He has the ability to move and throw on the run. He looks very smooth and athletic.
Bledsoe: Bledsoe is your classic drop-back passer who has a big arm and good accuracy. Not quite the athlete that Neville is, but certainly a great find as a walk-on.
As expected Neville is the winner in this contest, but we should be very excited to have Bledsoe joining the program as well. We are all too aware of how walk-on quarterbacks can succeed in the Air Raid.
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