With the commitment of 2017 quarterback Mac Jones still fresh on the media’s collective mind at the Kentucky alumni kickoff luncheon at the Galt House on Friday, University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson was asked about how he assesses quarterbacks and what he looks for in a quarterback.
For UK's new offensive coordinator, it's not about how many scholarship offers a prospect has received or from whom he's received them.
“I trust my own eyes,” he said. “I’ve done it everywhere I’ve ever been. I could care less if you have one offer or 30, really. If I look at a kid and I see certain characteristics that I think are important in a quarterback that’s the ones I like. I’ve recruited kids that had 40 offers and I didn’t offer. That’s just the way it is. I trust my own eyes. I’m not scared to make decisions that are against the current.”
So what are some of the things Dawson is looking for with his own eyes?
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“You have to be able to throw the ball accurately,” he said. “Period. That’s No. 1. I don’t care if you can throw it 70 yards or 55. The leading passer in I-AA history could throw it about 50 — the guy I had. So, you got to be able to have a great release and throw the ball accurately. That’s different — a lot of quarterback coaches will tell you, ‘We want to get a kid that looks this way, and I’ll teach him how to throw.’ I’ve never taught a kid to throw accurately. You either have it or you don’t. There’s other things you can teach them. You can program them your way, but you’ve got to throw it accurately.”