Dec 30, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT
Brett Favre’s nephew would like to buy a ticket to a big-time college football career, but he’s a little short. Sorry, but it’s college scouts who are knocking Dylan Favre for his lack of height, not me. The senior from Bay St. Louis, Miss., has broken all kinds of passing records, including the state career record for touchdown passes, but still won’t get a look from the big programs because he’s only 5-foot-11. That’s not exactly Hobbit-like, but I’ll bet if someone needed a ring disposed of, Dylan would organize a group of friends and take care of it for you.
So far, Southern Miss, Tulane and FCS school Northwestern State have been the only schools willing to offer Mississippi’s reigning Mr. Football a scholarship to play quarterback. Favre hopes that will change after Saturday, when he will join dozens of players holding multiple FBS offers at the Offense-Defense Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. There, Favre will throw passes against the likes of USC-bound safety Dion Bailey and LSU-bound defensive back Ronnie Vinson. Favre hopes a good showing will convince more college coaches he deserves a closer look.
Favre has heard throughout the recruiting process that he’s too short to play quarterback in college. Frankly, he’s sick of it. “They say the reason why short quarterbacks don’t get a chance is they can’t see over the line,” Favre said. “But they never really give anyone a chance to do it. You don’t see guys 5-11 playing quarterback because they don’t even get a shot. You can’t prove yourself if you don’t get a shot.”
Tulane and Southern Mississippi sound pretty good to me. But what do I know?
Dylan has a point, actually: Its all about perception. Nick Montana, son of a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback of note, has committed to Washington for next season after a stellar high school career at Oaks Christian near Los Angeles. But while Montana also set his share of HS records, he did it mostly against dubious competition; Oaks Christian played a series of patsies during the regular season, and was never really tested until the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Favre led St. Stanislaus High to a 14-1 record, 7-0 in league, and had a couple of real tests along the way, it seems.
Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora is one of the few who looked past Favre’s height. Fedora offered Favre the day before St. Stanislaus beat Lafayette County for the state title. In that department, Favre already has a leg up on his famous uncle. Brett Favre, whose younger brother, Jeff, is Dylan’s father, received only one scholarship offer — also from Southern Miss. But Brett didn’t get his offer until the night before Signing Day, after a Golden Eagles target chose another school. On top of that, Brett’s offer was to play defensive back.
Expect Jon Gruden and a host of television announcers to form a committee any day now, and start lobbying Congress to get Favre into Alabama or LSU. Madden could help. Because after Brett Favre retires, color analysts are going to need a backup Favre to suck up to. Jay Cutler just isn’t going to cut it.
Younger Favre a chip off the old Brett [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
Favre owns countless records, but only one number seems to matter [SI.com]
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