The first quarterback selected in the seventh round of Saturday's NFL Draft wasn't a BCS conference quarterback like Arizona's Matt Scott or Tennessee's Tyler Bray. It wasn't even a mid-major quarterback like Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert. It was Brad Sorensen of FCS school Southern Utah.
The Chargers made Sorensen the 15th pick of the seventh round and 221st overall pick. Sorensen was the ninth overall quarterback selected in the draft. San Diego's newest quarterback will most likely find himself competing with veteran Charlie Whitehurst for the right to backup Philip Rivers.
Sorensen rewrote the school record book during his three seasons at Southern Utah. His 9,445 career passing yards and 61 career touchdown passes are both school records.
As a senior last season Sorenson threw for 3,139 yards and 23 touchdowns, which was enough for him to be named a finalist for the Payton Award, an honor given to the top offensive player in the FCS.
In his only game against BCS competition last season, Sorensen threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns in a 50-31 loss to Cal. The 23-year-old is taking the same route to the NFL that Joe Flacco took, that route being transfer from an FBS school to an FCS, put up gaudy numbers and get drafted. Sorensen started his career at BYU before transferring to Southern Utah in 2010.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com thinks that Sorensen's athleticism will be an asset. In his pre-draft analysis of the former Southern Utah quarterback, Rang wrote, "Athletic enough to buy time in the pocket and yet alert enough to take off and get yardage when the defense allows it."
Sorensen is the first player in school history to be taken in the NFL Draft.
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