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Brett Elliott

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 208 | College: Linfield
 
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Overview

Elliott is a rifle-armed quarterback who originally began his career at the University of Utah. He started eight of ten games for the Utes before suffering a wrist fracture. He lost his starting job to Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, and decided to transfer to Linfield, where he went on to shatter numerous NCAA Division III passing and total offense records.

Elliott was a first-team All-State selection at Lake Oswego High School in 1999. He added first-team All-Conference from 1998-99 and was an honorable mention All-State choice as a junior. He added 1999 Oregon Gatorade Player of Year after throwing for 2,970 yards and 32 touchdowns. He earned four letters in both football and basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Elliott redshirted in 2000 at Utah. Right thumb surgery would shelve him for the 2001 season. He started six games in 2002, completing 130-of-221 passes (59.8 percent) for 1,529 yards, ten touchdowns and eight interceptions. Elliott started twice in 2003 before a right wrist fracture vs. Texas A&M would sideline him. He finished 29-of-59 passing for 304 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Elliott shattered NCAA Division III single-season records for total offensive yardage (4,663), passing yards (4,595) and touchdown passes (61) in 2004. He hit on 290-of-437 attempts (66.4 percent) with eleven touchdowns and added three more rushing. He was the recipient of the Gagliardi Award and Melberger Award (both given to the Division III's top player) as he connected on 277-of-396 passes (69.9 percent) for 4,019 yards, 49 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in 2005.

In ten games at Utah, Elliott completed 159-of-280 passes (56.8 percent) for 1,833 yards, 12 touchdowns and ten interceptions while amassing 1,875 yards in total offense. He piled up 8,751 total yards while completing 567-of-833 passes (68.1 percent) for 8,614 yards, 110 touchdowns and 20 interceptions at Linfield. For his collegiate career, Elliott gained 10,447 yards on 726-of-1113 passing (65.2 percent) with 122 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He rushed 115 times for 179 yards (1.6 avg) and seven scores. He also amassed 10,626 yards in total offense on 1,228 plays.

Analysis

Positives: Has a solidly built frame with adequate muscle definition … Tough open field runner who might lack ideal speed, but has the power and leg drive to break tackles … Has a quick overhead release with a big circle, bringing the ball down to his hip on deep throws, but has a tighter release on short tosses … Best when driving the ball on short and intermediate passes … Has enough arm strength to not under-throw when going deep … Patient passer who will not force the ball into coverage … Makes good checks and audibles at the line and keeps his cool under pressure … Has total control in the huddle … Despite his marginal speed, he is quick and nimble eluding the pass rush, having loose hips (former basketball player) … Hits his receivers right on the numbers, showing good touch and timing, especially on screens and fades … Hits the fades with consistency and keeps his focus down field, doing a fine job of locating his secondary targets … Will not rush his passes and is best when using a three-step drop on timing routes, but is also effective taking five steps back … Very good at spreading the ball around and can throw with good accuracy from either the right or left hash when forced out of the pocket.

Negatives: Lacks good quickness driving back from center and is not a valid running threat when flushed out of the pocket … Has very good short-to-intermediate area accuracy and will not under-throw on deep routes, but does not have the arm strength to go for the home run ball on a regular basis … Throws with a big circle on deep throws, firing the ball from his right hip and needs to tighten his release … Has nimble feet, but can be taken down by a quick pass rush … Ball security is a problem, as he leaves the ball too exposed.

Elliott is a high production passer who doesn't get the respect he deserves. Scouts look at the level of competition he faced the past two years and cite that as a reason to not get impressed by his gaudy figures. However, he was the heart and soul of the team and it doesn't take much to see Linfield would not have had anything close to the success Elliott provided with another quarterback at the helm.

Elliott is never going to be known for his quickness, but compensates with loose hips, good change of direction agility and the lower body strength to break tackles. He will never be a threat with his feet, but has the balance to throw from either hash when flushed out of the pocket.

Elliott is effective whether operating in a shotgun or under center. He will generally take three-to-five steps in his drop, depending on the situation, but has a quick release to get the ball out with no problems. He does have a wide circle in his delivery that needs to be corrected, but shows very good accuracy in the short-to-intermediate range. He might not have the arm power to throw the home run ball, but it is rare to see him under-throw going long.

He is instinctive and patient in the pocket, doing a fine job of scanning the field and distributing the ball. One has to imagine what would have happened with Alex Smith if Elliott did not fracture his wrist in 2003. While he does not have Smith's elusiveness, he is a better decision maker and more accurate on screens, fades, streaks and check down routes. If you are looking for a mobile quarterback, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you need a classic pocket quarterback who can scan the field, distribute the ball and keep mistakes to a minimum, someone can find another Kurt Warner (in his prime) in Elliott.

Career Notes

Holds the NCAA Division III single-season records with 4,663 yards in total offense, 4,595 yards passing and 61 touchdown tosses in 2004, breaking the previous marks of 4,651 yards in total offense and 4,501 yards passing by Justin Peery of Westminster (Mo.) in 1998 and Peery's 54 touchdowns in 1999 … Gained more than 300 yards in passing in nine games in 2005, tying the Division III single-season record first set by Kirk Baumgartner of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1989 and matched by Peery in 1999 … His Division III career average of 364.63 yards per game in total offense broke the old Division III all-time mark of 349.9 yards per game by Peery (1996-99) … His 110 touchdown passes in only two seasons of Division III competition is topped only by Peery (148), Bill Bochert of Mount Union (141, 1994-97) and Jim Ballard of Mount Union (115, 1990-93) in NCAA Division III history … Holds 31 Linfield passing and total offense records … Finished his Linfield career with a 23-1 record.

2005 Season

Consensus All-American first-team selection and recipient of both the Gagliardi Award and Melbergerer Award, given to the top player in the NCAA Division III ranks … First-team All-Northwest Conference choice and Offensive Player of the Year … Named Football Gazette Division III Offensive Player of the Year … Led the nation with a 191.49 pass efficiency rating … Completed 277 of 396 passes (69.9 percent) for 4,019 yards, 49 touchdowns and nine interceptions … Carried 27 times for 69 yards (2.6 avg) and a score … Participated in 423 plays, gaining 4,088 yards in total offense, ranking third nationally with an average of 371.6 yards per game … Tied NCAA Division III single-season records by gaining at least 300 yards passing and 300 yards in total offense in nine contests.

2005 Game Analysis

Western Oregon … Threw six touchdown passes and completed 25 of 37 for 361 yards with no interceptions before he left the game 1:42 into the fourth quarter … Early in the fourth quarter, Western drove to a first down on the Linfield 3, where Linfield's Jeff Denney forced a fumble. Michael Greenberg recovered it at the 8 and successive laterals to Brandon Olson and Ort led to a total return of 57 yards to the Western 36. That led to Elliott's fifth touchdown pass, 35 yards to Tyler Kaluza, 1:42 seconds into the fourth quarter … Elliott started slowly but completed 10 of his last 11 passes in the first half and his first three of the second half.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point … On an afternoon when Elliott set the Linfield career record for touchdown passes, it was the defense that stole the show Saturday at Maxwell Field … Elliott passed for 365 yards and four scores, completing 26 of 39 attempts. The Wildcats All-American, who set an all-divisions single-season record in 2004, has now thrown for 71 touchdowns in 15 games … After looking sluggish to start, Linfield worked out the kinks on its second drive as Elliott hooked up with Casey Allen for a 46-yard play that put the Wild-cats deep inside Pointer territory … A 13-yard touchdown toss by Elliott to Josh Vierra helped Elliott set the career touchdowns record midway through the third quarter and he connected with a streaking Brandon Hazenberg on a 68-yard bomb to put the 'Cats on top 38-7 … Elliott found Allen for his fourth TD of the afternoon with 10:45 left to play, a 3-yard toss in the left corner of the end zone.

Pacific Lutheran … Threw for 228 yards and four touchdowns, completing 22 of 28 passes, including eight straight passes to start the game. Elliott spread the wealth, completing five passes to four different receivers … The Wildcats wasted no time finding the end zone as Elliott completed six straight passes, including a 4-yard screen pass to Mordechai Kotler for the touchdown … Tossed his third TD pass of the afternoon with 11:41 left in the fourth quarter, a 16-yard lob to Brandon Hazenberg that cleared two PLU defenders … The Wildcats scored next on Elliott's 3-yard touchdown pass with 3:36 left, making up for his lost fumble early in that quarter.

Whitworth … Completed 19 of 29 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns … Casey Allen scored his seventh touchdown of the season on a 7-yard pass from Elliott Elliott with 5:32 left in the first quarter … Elliott completed 8 of 15 for 110 yards through the first two quarters.

Southern Oregon … Connected on 24 of 37 pass attempts for 283 yards and four touch-downs, including two to receiver Casey Allen, to spearhead a ?Cat offense that amassed 399 total yards.

Puget Sound … Passed for 364 yards and six touchdowns on 17 of 22 chances to lead No. 1 Linfield to a 62-7 Northwest Conference victory … Threw touchdown passes to four different receivers, including two each to Casey Allen and Brad McKechnie … Elliott needed only five plays to find Allen on a 7-yard slant that put Linfield in front 14-0 … The Loggers went three-and-out on the next series and Elliott wasted little time in finding Tyler Kaluza streaking down the right sideline for a 65-yard touchdown. The extra point hit the right upright and the Wildcats led 20-0 with 4:53 left in the quarter … One minute into the second quarter, Elliott hooked up with Brandon Hazenberg on a 38-yard catch-and-run down the left sideline … The Loggers failed to move the ball again, and the Wildcats marched down the field for another score as Elliott hit Allen in the right corner of the end zone … The Wildcats came right back with Elliott's fifth TD pass of the half, a 6-yard toss to Brad McKechnie, who was well-covered in the right corner of the end zone … Elliott and the rest of the Linfield offensive starters played only the opening series of the second half, long enough for the senior All-American to throw another TD pass to McKechnie.

Menlo College … Brad McKechnie caught two touchdown passes from Elliott, threw for 342 yards on 21 of 35 tries to move ahead of former Wildcats All-American Tyler Matthews as Linfield's career passing leader … Elliott, who has 6,845 passing yards, played sparingly in the second half … The Wildcats got on the scoreboard when Elliott hooked up with McKechnie for a 47-yard catch-and-run play with 8:05 left in the first quarter … Seven minutes later, Linfield led 14-0 after Mordechai Kotler knifed over from the 1. On the Wildcats' first possession of the second quarter, Kotler raced 26 yards with an Elliott pass to put Linfield on top 21-0 … Casey Allen pulled in his 50th career TD reception with 8:17 left before intermission. The Wildcats rounded out the first-half barrage with a 17-yard Elliott-to-Allen touchdown with 27 seconds left.

Lewis & Clark … The Wildcats were scheduled to have met Lewis & Clark, but the Pioneers opted to not play their conference schedule of games due to a lack of players.

Willamette … Linfield wasted no time securing its claim to best small-college football team in the nation Saturday night, dissecting Willamette 63-21 to win its sixth straight Northwest Conference championship … Elliott affirmed his All-America status, pitching four touch-downs, including a school record 89-yarder to Casey Allen … Elliott retired in the third quarter with 330 yards, completing 14-of-22 with no interceptions in steady rain … Passes of 33 and 46 yards from Elliott to Casey Allen set up the first touchdown and scored the second. Allen, who caught three Elliott TD passes, finished with 181 yards receiving … On the third possession, a pass interference penalty wiped out a Willamette interception and Elliott took advantage with a 31 yard scoring pass to Jared Thomas … Elliott and Allen got one of the few school records they did not already hold on Linfield's next offensive play. A Willamette punt rolled dead on the Linfield 11 and Elliott hit a streaking Allen for an 89-yard touchdown on first down. It broke the record of 86 set twice in 1978 on passes from Alan Schmidlin and Pat Silva, both to Larry Doty, the current Linfield men's basketball coach.

Occidental (NCAA Division III Playoffs) … The Linfield passing game hit high gear Saturday as Elliott put on a performance for the ages … The top-ranked Wildcats pounded Occidental 63-21 at Maxwell Field … Elliott passed for a school-record 525 yards and seven touch-downs, raising his career total to 102 … The senior All-American completed 31 of 41 passes as the Wildcats (9-0) ran their winning streak to 22 games, rolling up 698 yards of offense. Occidental (9-1), champion of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, ended its season with a loss to the Wildcats for the second season in a row … In the first quarter, the Wildcats needed only four plays to find the end zone as Elliott passed 78 yards to Allen … Elliott connected with Allen on a 32-yard touchdown three minutes into the second quarter … With 11 seconds left before halftime, the Wildcats put an exclamation point on the first half with Elliott firing across the width of the field 12 yards to Brandon Hazenberg in the left corner of the end zone … Linfield outgained the Tigers 375-250 in the first half, as Elliott threw for 282 yards … The Wildcats continued the scoring barrage to begin the second half. Elliott hooked up with Allen on a 3-yard fade in the end zone and Linfield led 42-7 … Elliott passed four yards to Mordechai Kotler in the final minute of the third quarter for a 56-21 Wildcats advantage … The final score came on a 65-yard strike from Elliott to a wide-open Hazenberg with 12:51 left in the game.

Concordia-Moorhead (NCAA Division III Playoffs) … Top-ranked Linfield survived a first-half scare from No. 9 Concordia-Moorhead, but rode the arm and feet of Elliott to a 28-14 win … Shaking off an uncharacteristic slow start, Elliott threw for 386 yards and three scores, completing 31 of 39 attempts … With 9:18 left in the second quarter, Linfield capped a 72-yard march with Elliott's 22-yard shovel pass to Brad McKechnie. Elliott went 6 for 6 on the drive … The Wildcats took their first lead of the game with 13:50 left in the fourth quarter as Elliott fired a 7-yard scoring pass to McKechnie as he tiptoed along the back line of the end zone … From there, Elliott methodically moved the Wildcats down the field with pinpoint passing, completing 11 straight passes … Elliott scored the game-clinching touchdown with his feet, scrambling to the left pylon for a 4-yard score with 4:41 left to play.

Wisconsin-Whitewater (Division III Playoffs) … Closed out his career with school game-records, as he hit on 47 of 67 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns, but turned the ball over three times on one fumble and two interceptions.

2004 Season

Unanimous All-American and All-Northwest Conference first-team selection, adding Football Gazette National Offensive Player of the Year honors, in addition to being selected the league's Offensive Player of the Year in his first season at Linfield … Set NCAA Division III records for total offense yards (4,663), yards passing (4,595) and touchdown tosses (61) … Completed 290 of 437 attempts (66.4 percent) with eleven interceptions … Carried 35 times for 68 yards (1.9 avg) and three scores.

2004 Game Analysis

Western Oregon … The former Lake Oswego standout threw for five touchdowns in the first half, hitting on 18 of 27 attempts for 363 in just 30 minutes of work … His offense helped the Wildcats surge out to a 48-3 halftime lead before Linfield head coach Jay Locey called in the reserves after intermission … Connected on scoring strikes of 75 yards (Brandon Hazenberg), 79 yards (George Carter) and 52 yards (Casey Allen) to highlight the offense that had 422 yards by halftime.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point … Threw for a then school game-record 480 yards, 38 pass completions, 59 attempts and six touchdowns … Threw three touchdowns in a fourth quarter that saw Linfield rally from a 10-point deficit for the win … Linfield pulled to within 14-11 on a 13-yard scoring pass from Elliot to Casey Allen and a two-point conversion by the same duo with 5:06 left in the half … After a UW-Stevens Point punt, the Wildcats took their first lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Elliott to Brad McKechnie down the left sideline with 1:38 left in the half … Linfield drove 80 yards in nine plays and cut the lead to 28-25 with 7:32 left in the third quarter on an 11-yard pass across the middle from Elliott to Brandon Hazenberg.

Pacific Lutheran … Connected on 27 of 35 passes for 410 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 40-21 victory … Completed a touchdown pass of 24 yards to Casey Allen and tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Brandon Hazenberg with five seconds left in the first half for a 20-7 Wildcat advantage … Allen caught his second TD pass of the after-noon, a 45-yarder, with 13:37 remaining in the third quarter.

Whitworth … Hit on 25 of 42 passes for 486 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Wildcat attack … Also threw two interceptions … Linfield got on the board early in the second when Elliott completed a 26-yard touchdown strike to Casey Allen. It was the first of four touchdown receptions for Allen … Linfield scored three unanswered touchdowns to take control, two of which came in the final three and a half minutes of the half. Allen was on the receiving end of 21 and 29-yard touchdown strikes from Elliott to give the Wildcats a 20-10 lead at halftime … Linfield then went 80 yards in only four plays and 56 seconds on its opening possession, capped by a 47-yard pass from Elliott to George Carter, to extend the lead to 27-10 … Casey Allen caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone for Linfield.

Southern Oregon … Had a 460-yard, four-touchdown effort on 32 of 53 passes.

Puget Sound … Passed for four scores and ran for another, as the nation's number one rated quarterback was 19 of 25 for 187 yards and one interception … The visiting Wildcats built a 9-0 lead in the first quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Garrett Wales and a 27-yard touchdown pass from Elliott to Casey Allen … Linfield's offense got moving early in the third, as Elliott connected with Bran Hazenberg and Carter on short touchdown passes, and then sprinted 32 yards around left end for another score.

Menlo College … Gained 222 yards with five touchdowns on 13 of 17 throws.

Lewis & Clark … Completed 12 of 16 attempts for 221 yards and five scores on 12 of 16 chances … Elliott threw a 15-yard scoring pass in the first quarter to Brad McKechnie, his first of three touchdowns between that tandem … McKechnie added two more scoring receptions from Elliott in the second quarter, a 40-yard pass and a 19-yard pass.

Willamette … Linfield nailed down its fifth consecutive Northwest Conference title with a 48-14 win … Elliott Elliott set the Linfield single-season passing yardage record, throwing for 372 yards and five scores while completing 25 of 33 throws without an interception … He surpassed the record of 3,084 yards set last season by All-American Tyler Matthews …

Linfield stretched its lead to 14-0 midway through the second. Elliott scrambled 20 yards to the Bearcats 5, then hit Casey Allen in the back of the end zone on the next play … He threw his fourth TD pass of the afternoon, 15 yards to Mordechai Kaluza with 10:41 remaining. That put Linfield on top 41-14, clinching the conference championship and the Wildcats' 33rd consecutive regular-season victory.

Wisconsin-La Crosse (NCAA Division III Playoffs) … Turned the ball over on a fumble, but gained 456 yards with five touchdowns on 25 of 33 passes.

Occidental (Division III Playoffs) … Gained 402 yards with seven touchdowns on 20 of 34 attempts, giving him 56 scoring passes for the year, with a long of 56 yards to Casey Allen.

Rowan College (Division III Semi-final Playoffs) … Passed for 254 yards on 17 of 25 tries with three touchdowns to lead Linfield College to a 52-0 win … With his first TD pass of the game, Elliott broke the NCAA record for touchdown passes in a season (56) for all-divisions. The old mark was held by Willie Totten at Division I-AA Mississippi Valley State in 1984 … "I've said all year that individual records reflect on the team," stated Elliott. "That's why football is so great. In baseball you can throw a no-hitter. In football, you can't do it yourself."

Mary Hardin-Baylor (Division III Championship) … Completed 20 of 34 throws for 282 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice … Linfield's Zach Fleming broke through on the punt attempt and forced a fumble at the Crusaders 10-yard line, turning the ball over to the Wildcats … Elliott then hit Riley Jenkins with a swing pass and Jenkins took it in from 10 yards out for what proved to be the winning score … Linfield grabbed a quick early lead when Elliott hit Brandon Hazenberg for a 39-yard touchdown pass just 44 seconds into the game to make it 7-0 … Elliot Barcak picked off an Elliott pass and returned it 23 yards to set the Crusaders up at the Wildcat 30-yard line.Mary Hardin-Baylor would then score on a 30-yard pass … The Wildcats then went on an eight-play, 81-yard drive, capped by Elliott's one-yard quarterback sneak with 27 seconds left to make it 21-13.

2003 Season

Started the first two games at the University of Utah before suffering a fractured right wrist in the Texas A&M game … Completed 29 of 59 passes for 304 yards (49.2 percent), a pair of touch-downs and two interceptions … Scored once on 25 carries, picking up 73 yards (2.9 avg) …

Was selected to the 2003 Utah Football Leadership Committee (dependable, team player, strong academics and discipline, team spokesman) … Student-athlete liaison for Utah's Crimson Club.

2002 Season

Academic All-Mountain West Conference choice at Utah … Started six of eight games he played in … Hit on 130 of 221 passes (59.8 percent) for 1,529 yards, ten touchdowns and eight interceptions … Scored twice on 28 carries for losses of 31 yards.

2001 Season

Did not play at Utah after undergoing right thumb surgery in January.

Injury Report

1998: Underwent left shoulder surgery in mid-March.

2001: Missed the season after having right thumb surgery in January.

2003: Undwent surgery (9/06) to repair a right wrist fracture that he suffered in the Texas A&M game.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.13 in the 40-yard dash … 29-inch vertical jump … 9'0" broad jump … 4.59 20-yard shuttle … 7.68 three-cone drill … 31-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed … 18/31 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Lake Oswego (Ore.) High School, playing football for head coach Steve Coury …

First-team All-State selection, adding first-team All-Conference honors from 1998-99 and was an honorable mention All-State choice as a junior … 1999 Oregon Gatorade Player of Year, throwing for 2,970 yards and 32 touchdowns … Earned four letters in both football and basketball and added one letter in tennis … Added third-team All-State accolades in basketball and was named Three Rivers League Offensive Player of the Year in hoops, helping the Lakers reach the state playoffs … Member of the National Honor Society.

 
 

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