First Look: Rice Quarterback Parker Towns

Mike Bloomgren has a gun slinger in Dallas Jesuit quarterback Parker Towns. The 2018 recruit committed to Rice Tuesday and we thought we'd take a look at him via Hudl. 

Our usual Hudl disclaimer: all these highlight videos are limited, you won't see incompletions, interceptions, stumbles, fumbles, farts, or falls. Every player on Hudl scores on every play or at least dominates fools. What we're looking at it is the system the player played in, basic mechanics, size compared to other players, and some other more objective measures. 

Some objective data first, Towns is a Nike Combine verified 6-3, 189 pounds. He runs a 4.7 40, but on film, he takes a second to get up to gazelle-like speed. In 2017 he threw for over 3,500 yards and 26 touchdowns. He completed 70% of his passes for a Jesuit team that finished 7-5, losing to Longview in the 6A playoffs. Jesuit started 0-4 with a legit murderers row, of DeSoto, Plano East, Lake Travis, and Coppell. Towns threw for 365 vs. DeSoto and 379 vs. Lake Travis. The Rangers rebounded to win their District and went two rounds deep into the playoffs. 

Onto the film. Well, the Hudl Highlights. 

  • The Jesuit offense was shotgun based. Maybe we should just assume that and only note it when an offense operates from under the center. 
  • The Rangers CHUCKED IT AROUND. They put up a lot of points and allowed a bunch too. 
  • Towns has good touch on deep balls. Seems to have adequate arm strength. 
  • You can't see much zip on the ball on intermediate routes, puts air under throws. He's not quite Peyton Manning throwing balloons, but we didn't see much velocity on underneath throws. The ball gets there, so maybe it's not translating on film.
  • Fits the ball well into zone windows, but the lack of velocity might be an issue in college. 
  • He has a quick release, not much holster action. 
  • His feet get out of sync and happy with pressure. Never really saw him move inside the pocket to throw. 
  • Like we said earlier, when he runs, it takes a while for him to unfurl the sail, but he's got good speed. 
  • He's not so much a physical runner, he's pretty upright and gets knocked around a bit. He'll need to learn to protect himself at the college level because he'll get blown up otherwise. 
  • Can't argue with the production, there aren't a lot of quarterbacks who scorched DeSoto and Lake Travis for over 740 yards. 

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Posted on February 6, 2018 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Rice.