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Jared Zabransky

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 219 | College: Boise State
 
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Overview

Zabransky is not only an efficient passer, but also displays the foot speed to be a dangerous threat carrying the ball. Bringing back memories of Jack Kemp (40 touchdowns) and Steve Young (43), the Broncos quarterback could add a new element to a professional team with his scrambling ability.

In 47 collegiate games, he was responsible for 89 touchdowns, including 31 on the ground. With his athletic ability, he could be a candidate for a position switch to wide receiver or tailback at the next level.

An Honor Roll student at Hermiston High School, Zabransky served as team captain, leading the team to the state playoffs in 2001. He received All-Intermountain Conference honors following his junior and senior seasons, and was selected to play in the Oregon Bowl All-Star game. As a senior, he passed for 1,600 yards, rushed for more than 200 yards, scored seven rushing touchdowns and completed 15 touchdown passes.

An outstanding all-around athlete, Zabransky was a three-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball. The All-League shortstop was named Eastern Oregon's Athlete of the Year as a junior

In 2002, he enrolled at Boise State, spending the season performing on the scout team. He saw limited action in nine games behind Ryan Dinwiddie in 2003, as he connected on 11 of 23 passes (47.8 percent) for 180 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He also added 78 yards and a score on 16 carries (4.9 avg).

Zabransky took over the starting job in 2004, earning second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He completed 206 of 327 passes (63.0 percent) for 2,967 yards (fourth-best season total in school history), 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He scored 13 times (fourth-best season total in Broncos annals and a record for a quarterback) on 130 carries, picking up 326 yards (2.5 avg). He gained 3,253 yards in total offense, the third-best season total by a BSU player, but also fumbled eight times.

Costly interceptions and fumbles plagued Zabransky in 2005, as he was picked off 16 times and turned the ball over five times on eight fumbles. He did hit on 202 of 342 passes (59.1 percent) for 2,562 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also gained 262 yards with 11 scores on 107 rushing attempts (2.4 avg). He finished his junior year with 2,824 yards in total offense, an average of 217.2 yards per game.

In 2006, Zabransky garnered All-WAC second-team honors. He led the team to an emotional come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl and produced 2,587 yards with a career-high 23 touchdowns (ranks sixth on the school single-season record list) and just eight interceptions, connecting on 191 of 288 attempts (66.3 percent, a school single-season record). He also rushed 98 times for 166 yards (2.0 avg) and six scores, picking up 2,784 yards in total offense.

In 47 games at Boise State, Zabransky started 38 times. He completed 610 of 980 passes (62.2 percent) for 8,256 yards, 58 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. He amassed 863 yards with 31 scores on 351 carries (2.5 avg) and caught two passes for five yards. On 1,331 plays, he piled up 9,119 yards in total offense, an average of 194.02 yards per game.

Analysis

Positives: Has good timed speed for a receiver and excellent mobility rolling out of the pocket as a quarterback … Move-oriented type who is best when making plays with his feet or throwing from the outside hashes rather than driving back from center … Shows the agility, quickness, body control and change of direction skills you look for in a skill position player, making a move to another position a valid option … Shows awareness to pocket pressure, but must show more patience locating secondary targets rather than running with the ball as often as he does … Adequate throwing long, showing just enough touch to generally drop the ball in over defenders … Has the ability to throw on the move and is best when working on hitting his backs in stride on underneath throws … Good scrambler who senses pressure well … Adequate at rifling his passes on hooks and curls, but is better when connecting with his slot receivers and backs on swing passes … Makes quick decisions, showing better accuracy in the short area passing attack and does a good job avoiding tacklers when rolling out of the pocket … Steps up well under pressure and knows when to slide away from the rush … When working underneath, he is efficient at leading the receivers without having them break off the route … Showed marked improvement in his decision-making in 2006, and better patience waiting for the play to develop rather than tuck the ball and run with it … Has the loose hips to set up the defender and the moves to separate for additional yardage on the run (just won't take it long distances often, but is good at moving the chains) … Plays with a high motor and thrives under pressure, but tends to try to do too much at times, resulting in costly turnovers … Retains plays well and runs hard with the ball, not hesitating to lower the shoulder … Has decent footwork in his pass set-up and throws an easy ball in the intermediate area (lacks placement on deep throws, though) … When he feels the heat coming down on the pocket, he shows the mobility to elude … Has adequate field vision and can generally locate his targets from the pocket.

Negatives: Has a solidly built frame for a receiver, but is a little too slender for what you look for in a quarterback … Has more than enough confidence in his feet, but sometimes relies on them too much, bolting early rather going through progression reads to locate secondary targets … Quick for a quarterback, and while some think he could switch to tailback, he lacks the explosion or second gear to consistently win foot races and doesn't have the strength to power through tackles, making him a more viable option for the receiver position … Needs to protect the ball better, as he tends to carry it near his chest and with one hand while trying to escape pressure (21 fumbles in his last 38 games) … Sometimes will lower his elbow before releasing the ball, taking some distance off his tosses … Also has a bit of a long wind-up motion when throwing deep, causing his delivery to be late … His long throws tend to be off-target, causing the receivers to constantly adjust (loses trajectory and the ball tends to drift) … Must refine his technique getting to his throwing point, as he throws off his back foot at times, losing zip on his tosses … While he has good foot speed, he lacks that second gear to consistently escape pressure, more so by running into spots rather than looking to avoid (sacked 65 times for losses of 485 yards in 38 games as a starter) … Holds the ball too long, waiting for the break up field and leaves it behind too often … Goes through progressions well, but will target his primary receivers and needs to do a better job of looking off … Hands are smaller than ideal (8 1/2-inches) … Has a cocky nature that borders on arrogance … Has had problems with punctuality dealing with practices and team meetings … Needs to improve his judgment in game situations (tries to make each play the game-breaker, getting into trouble with costly mistakes).

Compares To: RONALD CURRY-Oakland … He hasn't convinced us that quarterback is the best pro position for Zabransky. The situation is similar to Nebraska's Eric Crouch several years ago, where you had a talented athlete, but one with only adequate arm strength and inconsistent judgment, along with marginal passing mechanics. With his leaping ability and quickness, he could make an effective slot receiver, much like Curry. One look at his rushing statistics and you would think he could be a tailback, but he lacks strength (see agility tests) to be anything more than a change-of-pace back there. I'd also look at him possibly moving to safety, but that will take time for him to adjust to the other side of the ball.

Career Notes

Ranks fourth on the school career record list with 9,119 yards in total offense, surpassed only by Tony Hilde (10,138 yards, 1993-96), Bart Hendricks (10,039; 1997-2000) and Ryan Dinwiddie (9,984; 2000-03) … His 8,256 yards passing are topped only by Dinwiddie (9,819), Hilde (9,107 yards, 1993-96) and Hendricks (9,020) … Ranks behind Hilde (1,181), Hendricks (1,142) and Dinwiddie (992) with 980 pass attempts on the school's all-time record books … His 610 pass completions rank behind Hendricks (650), Hilde (629) and Dinwiddie (622) in school history … Zabransky's pass completion percentage of 62.24 is the third-best career total in BSU annals, topped by Joe Aloitti (63.5 percent, 1979-80) and Dinwiddie (62.7 percent, 2000-03) … Only Hilde (40) has thrown more interceptions than Zabransky's 37 among the team's all-time passers … His 58 touchdown passes tied Jim McMillan (21971-74) for fourth on BSU's career record chart … Threw for more than 200 yards 24 times during his career -- the fourth-best career total in school history … His seven 300-yard passing performances rank behind Dinwiddie (14) and Hendricks (10) in school annals … Gained 3,253 yards in total offense in 2004, ranking behind Dinwiddie (4,339 in 2003) and Hendricks (3,633 in 2000) on BSU's single-season record list … His 2,927 yards passing in 2004 rank fourth on the school's single-season record books … Zabransky's 342 pass attempts in 2005 are the sixth-highest total ever by a BSU QB in a season … His 206 pass completions in 2004 rank behind Dinwiddie (276 in 2003) and Hendricks (210 in 2000) on Boise State's single-season record list … Only Mike Virden (20 in 1989), Duane Halliday (18 in 1988) and Hilde (17 in 1996) threw more interceptions in a season for the Broncos than Zabransky's 16 in 2005 … His 23 touchdown passes in 2006 rank sixth on the school's annual record books … Zabransky's 66.3 pass completion percentage in 2006 broke the old school single-season record of 65.8 percent by Aliotti in 1979 … His 13 rushing touchdowns in 2004 rank fourth on BSU's single-season record list and his 31 touchdowns on the ground placed him behind Brock Forsey (50, 1999-2002), Cedric Minter (37, 1977-80), David Mikell (32, 2000-03) and Chris Thomas (32, 1988-91) in the school career record list … Led Boise State to its second undefeated regular season in three years as a starter … Compiled 33-5 record in three seasons as the team's starting quarterback.

2006 Season

All-Western Athletic Conference second-team selection … Semi-finalist for the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards … Finished the season second in the WAC in pass efficiency (162.6), third in passing (219.76 ypg) and total offense (214.15 ypg) … Completed 191 of 288 passes (school single-season record 66.3 percent) for 2,857 yards and 23 touchdowns with just eight interceptions … Rushed for 197 yards and six touchdowns on 98 carries (2.0 avg) … On 386 plays, he accounted for 2,784 yards in total offense and was responsible for 29 touch-downs … Turned the ball over once on five fumbles and had 25 passes deflected by the opposition … Was sacked 19 times for losses totaling 129 yards … named WAC Offensive Player of the Week vs. Utah State.

2006 Game Analysis

Sacramento State … Zabransky completed 11 of 20 pass attempts for 181 yards and two touchdowns … In the first quarter, he completed a drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that ended a 6-play 75-yard drive with 5:10 to play in the quarter … In Boise State's first drive of the second quarter, Zabransky threw a 3-yard touchdown to Legedu Naanee … In the second half, he fired a 52-yard pass to Drisan James for a touchdown.

Oregon State … Zabransky hit on 8 of 13 pass attempts for 105 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked three times for losses of 22 yards … His lone touchdown came in the third quarter on second-&-goal at the Oregon State 3, where he found Legedu Naanee with a 3-yard scoring lob.

Wyoming … Completed 12 of 20 passes for 116 yards … In the second quarter, he ran in for a 6-yard touchdown to end a 13-play 84-yard drive … Was sacked three times for minus 23 yards, fumbling once.

Hawaii … Zabransky went 17 for 29 for 273-yards, three touchdowns and an interception … On first-&-goal at the UH 6, he threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Legedu Naanee midway through the first quarter … He then completed a touchdown drive in just four plays by hitting Derek Shouman with a 23-yard touchdown pass … In the fourth quarter, he led his team on a 8-play, 55-yard drive that ended on another touchdown pass to Schouman for 18 yards.

Utah … The BSU quarterback connected on 15 of 21 passes (71.4 percent) for 210 yards, a touch-down and an interception … His lone touchdown came in the second quarter on a 3-yard pass to Brad Lau to end an 11-play 80-yard drive … In the third quarter, he also ran for a 1-yard score.

Louisiana Tech … Zabransky hit on 11 of his 18 tosses for 184 yards and a pair of touch-downs, including one on the game's first series, when on fourth-&-goal at the LT 2-yard line, Jared ran in for a touchdown to cap a 9-play, 76-yard drive … Continuing a drive from the first quarter on second-&-goal at the Louisiana Tech 1-yard line, he ran the ball in for another score … On BSU's next possession, Zabransky concluded the 8-play, 76-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jerard Rabb … On the first drive of the second half he threw a 24-yard touchdown to Brett Denton.

New Mexico State … Continuing in the Boise State winning streak, the BSU passer gained 215 yards on 14 of 22 attempts with two touchdowns and an interception … On third-&-11 at the NMSU 22, he threw a pass to Jeremy Childs for a 22-yard touchdown to end to a 10-play 84-yard drive that left 4:16 to play in the third quarter … Zabransky then added a 33-yard touchdown pass to Vinney Perretta before the quarter ended.

Idaho … Zabransky completed 10 of 22 passes for 145 yards, two touchdowns and an interception … On third-&-10 at the BSU 39, he threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Legedu Naanee with 4:37 to play in the first quarter … In the second quarter, Zabransky led his team on a 9-play, 71-yard drive that ended on a 3-yard scoring toss to Derek Schouman with 3:29 left in the half.

Fresno State … The Broncos passes connected on 19 of 29 passes for 180 yards, three touchdowns and an interception … Before the first quarter would end, Zabransky fired a 28-yard touchdown pass to Drisan James … On Boise State's first drive of the second quarter, Jared ended the drive on a 8-yard touchdown toss to Vinny Perretta … On the first drive of the third quarter (third-&-3 at the FSU 4), Zabransky lobbed a 4-yard scoring throw to Jerard Rabb midway through that frame.

San Jose State … Zabransky had 14 of 20 pass attempts for 181 yards and an interception, marking just the second time in 2006 that he did not have any touchdown passes … In the fourth quarter, he led the Broncos on a 12-play, 63-yard drive that he ended with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Utah State … By connecting on 21 of his 23 pass attempts for 236 yards and three touch-downs, Zabransky set a school game-record (91.3 pass completion percentage) … In the second quarter, on third -&-7, the Broncos passer fired a 46-yard touchdown pass to Jerard Rabb to cap a 7-play, 84-yard drive that saw the QB complete all five of his tosses …

His 16-yard touchdown pass to Legedu Naanee ended the first half would end.

Nevada … In the regular season finale, Zabransky completed 20 of 27 attempts for 299 yards, a touchdown and an interception, finding Legedu Naanee with a 45-yard score with 6:18 left in the third quarter.

Oklahoma (Fiesta Bowl) … In one of the best games of the season, Zabransky hit on 19 of his 29 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and an interception … On Boise State's first drive, the Broncos passer threw a 49-yard score to Drisan James … Before the first half would come to an end, he connected once again with James for a 32-yard touchdown … On the last play of the fourth quarter on fourth down-&-18, Zabransky unleashed a seam pass to Jerard Rabb with 0:07 left in regulation, forcing an overtime that BSU emerged from with a 43-42 win, becoming the only Division 1-A team to finish 2006 undefeated.

2005 Season

Finished fourth in the WAC in pass efficiency with a rating of 130.0 … Named to the 2005 Maxwell Award Watch List … Started all thirteen games, completing 202 of 342 passes (59.1 percent) for 2,562 yards, 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions … Rushed 107 times for 262 yards (2.4 avg) and eleven scores … Responsible for 29 touchdowns, participating in 449 plays for 2,854 yards in total offense … Turned the ball over five times on eight fumbles and had 43 of his pass attempts deflected … Was also sacked 18 times for losses totaling 142 yards.

2005 Game Analysis

Named WAC Offensive Player of the Week after completing 26 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns vs. Utah State … Was intercepted four times and turned the ball over once on a fumble, as he hit on 8 of 17 tosses for 70 yards vs. Georgia … Tossed three touchdowns on 19 of 36 attempts for 233 yards, but turned the ball over twice on fumbles vs. Oregon State … Took off for three scores on the ground and connected on 16 of 23 throws (69.6 percent) for 202 yards and one touchdown vs. Bowling Green … Added 256 yards on 21 of 29 passes, but was intercepted twice vs. Portland State … Completed 20 of 27 tosses (74.1 percent) for 249 yards, a score and an interception, adding two more touchdowns on nine carries for 40 yards vs. San Jose State … Gained 21 yards on nine runs with two scores, but was intercepted twice and turned the ball over once on a fumble while hitting on 4 of 15 passes vs. Idaho … Closed out the year with 20 of 35 passes for 279 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 27-21 loss to Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl.

2004 Season

Sports Illustrated All-American honorable mention, adding All-WAC second-team honors …

Named the WAC Player of the Year by College Football News and selected the team's Offensive Player of the Year … Started all twelve games, amassing 2,927 yards on 206 of 327 passes (63.0 percent), with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions … Led the conference and ranked 13th in the nation in passing efficiency (146.99) … Finished second in the WAC and 17th in the country in total offense (271.1) … Also finished second in the WAC in passing (243.9) and sixth in scoring touchdowns (13) … Tied for 14th in the country in points responsible for averaging 14.50 per game … Ranked second on the team with 326 yards and 13 scores on 130 carries (2.5 avg) … Also caught two passes for 5 yards … Participated in 457 plays, gaining 3,253 yards in total offense … Fumbled the ball eight times and had 29 of his pass attempts deflected … Also sacked 28 times for losses of 214 yards.

2004 Game Analysis

Set a school record for longest run from scrimmage when he scored on an 85-yard run and tied a then-school record (later broken by Jon Helmandollar) with four touchdowns and 123 yards rushing, adding 164 yards on 11 of 19 passes vs. Hawai'I to pick up WAC Player of the Week honors … Named WAC Offensive Player of the Week again, after leading Boise State to its first win over a Pac-10 team (Oregon State) in school history, as he hit on 20 of 34 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns in that game, while rushing for 73 yards and a score … Had a single-season best 392 passing yards while completing 26 of 37 passes and two touchdowns vs. Texas-El Paso … Passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns while connecting on 20 of 28 tosses vs. Brigham Young … Tied a single-season best with three touch-down passes at Nevada while completing 17 of 25 passes for 244 yards … Rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns vs. Tulsa and scored three touchdowns vs. Idaho.

2003 Season

Appeared in nine games, playing behind Ryan Dinwiddie … Completed 11 of 23 passes (47.8 percent) for 180 yards, one touchdown and an interception … Rushed sixteen times for 78

Yards (4.9 avg) and one score … Gained 258 yards in total offense on 39 plays … Was sacked twice for losses of 25 yards.

2003 Game Analysis

Gained 40 yards on 3 of 6 attempts vs. Idaho State in his collegiate debut … Threw a 77-yard touchdown vs. San Jose State and hit on 3 of 5 tosses for 29 yards in the Southern Methodist clash.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2003: Sat out the Tulsa game (10/15) with a right shoulder (AC joint) sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.57 in the 40-yard dash … 270-pound bench press … 425-pound squat … 325-pound hang clean … 318-pound power clean … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 31 7/8-inch arm length … 8 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … 21/29 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.57 in the 40-yard dash … 1.62 10-yard dash … 2.65 20-yard dash … 4.08 20-yard shuttle … 6.78 three-cone drill … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 9'3" broad jump.

High School

Attended Hermiston (Ore.) High School, playing football for head coach Jerry Williams … Honor Roll student. Serving as team captain … Led the team to the state playoffs in 2001 … Received All-Intermountain Conference honors following both his junior and senior seasons, and was selected to play in the Oregon Bowl All-Star game … As a senior, he passed for 1,600 yards, rushed for more than 200 yards, scored seven rushing touchdowns and completed 15 touchdown passes … Three-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball … The All-League shortstop was named Eastern Oregon's Athlete of the Year as a junior.

Personal

Social Science major … Born 12/04/83 … Resides in Hermiston, Oregon.

 
 
 

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