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Raiders select...Andrew Walter, QB, ARIZONA STATE
Andrew Walter, QB, Arizona State
Height: 6:05.4 Weight: 234
Overview: Finished his career as one of the top quarterbacks in school history, setting almost every Arizona State career and single-season record for passing and total offense...A member of the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" team and an All-American third-team selection by Mex Emfinger as a senior at Grand Junction (Colo.) High School in 1999. He completed 193 of 361 passes for 2,789 yards and 24 touchdowns that year and also hit on 131 of 261 passes for 2,116 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior...Lettered three times in football, twice in basketball and once in track...As a freshman, he played a varsity basketball game with a broken finger and scored 20 points (hit four free throws in final two minutes of the game to win it)...Shattered the Pac-10 Conference career touchdown record with 85, breaking the 22-year-old mark held by John Elway, who had 77 scoring passes at Stanford (1979-82)...Finished fifth on the Pac-10's career charts for passing yards (10,617 yards) and third for total offense (10,142 yards)...He topped Jake Plummer's school career passing records of 8,827 yards and 65 touchdowns, finishing his career as ASU's career leader in passing yards, completions, attempts, touchdowns, interception percentage and total offense...Played in 48 career games with 35 starts...Only player in school history to tally 3,000 passing yards in a season, turning in the top three single-season efforts in school history in his last three years...Threw four or more touchdown passes in ten career games and also had fourteen 300-yard games in his career, including eight with 400 yards or more...Turned in at least 200 yards passing in 26 of his 35 career starts...Just the sixth quarterback in the Pac-10 to throw for 10,000 career yards...Holds the top three marks on ASU's single-season lists for passing yards, attempts and completions and three of the top four efforts for touchdowns and total offense, including the school record in both categories...Ended up second among the NCAA's active career leaders for passing touchdowns and sixth in career passing yards...Turned in an 18-17 record as ASU's starting quarterback...Began the 2002 season sitting on the bench, but with starter Jeff Krohn proving to be ineffective, Walter started the final ten contests....Set the school season-record and became the first 3,000-yard passer in school history with 3,877 passing yards, breaking the previous mark of 2,878 by Danny White in 1973. He turned in the third-best single-season passing performance in Pac-10 Conference history and became the first player in Pac-10 annals with four 400-yard passing games in a season. Walter also shattered school records for passing attempts (483) and completions (274). During the season, he set the Pac-10 single-game passing record with 536 yards in ASU's victory over Oregon, breaking the mark of 534 yards held by fellow Sun Devil Paul Justin vs. Washington State in 1989...In 2003, he had 3,044 passing yards, trailing only his previous year's tally of 3,877 on ASU's season-record list. He connected on 221 of 421 attempts (52.4%) with 24 touchdowns and ten interceptions...Spent the 2004 offseason working on improving his mechanics and accuracy. The results were evident, as Andrew broke the school record for touchdown passes in a season with 30, one more than the 29 Mike Pagel threw in 1981...His 3,150 passing yards were second on the ASU season-record charts, behind only his 3,877 yards in 2002...That marked his third consecutive 3,000-yard season...Also set the ASU season-record for lowest interception percentage (.0211) with just nine interceptions in 426 attempts in 2004...Closed out his career completing 777 of 1,416 passes (54.9%) for 10,617 yards, 85 touchdowns, 35 interceptions and 10,142 yards in total offense...Possesses one of the strongest arms in the country...Team leader who was voted a co-captain in each of his last three seasons at ASU...Earned his undergraduate degree prior to his senior year.
Analysis: Positives...Mature field general that the younger players really looked up to...Athletic, smart and has a good grasp of a pro-style offense... Shows quick setup and follow through ability, with excellent field vision as he can look defenses off and is able to find his secondary receivers with ease...Classic drop-back passer who will sit in the pocket to deliver and can handle pressure well...Throws a nice, tight spiral and has touch on his shorter throws...His arm strength is above average and he is strong enough to make all the throws, but loses accuracy with his deep tosses when throwing on the move...Has the ability to roll and throw also, but this is an area he is not very comfortable in...Might not be that mobile, but somehow has the ability to avoid the rush, doing a very good job of delivering arm throws when stepping into the pocket with defenders in his face...You see some overthrows, as this happens when he is rushed or pressured...Has adequate agility and foot speed to reach the throwing point, but carries the ball very low, which makes him susceptible to fumbling. He leaves it too exposed rolling out of the pocket...When he keeps the ball with a high release, Walter demonstrates a much more compact delivery...Has the ability to throw with touch and timing, doing a nice job of hitting his receivers in stride...Plays with good field awareness and has the lateral slide to escape pressure...Not afraid to run with the ball or throw it away, but is also quick looking off his primary target to spot his secondary receivers...Good student of the game who works hard in practice and spends the extra hours studying film...Tough and durable and until injuring his shoulder in the 2004 season finale vs. Arizona, had never had to miss a game due to injury...Able to throw 50-60 yards downfield with ease, but he has that low release and three-quarter sidearm delivery that affects his accuracy on long throws...When he is under control, he can pick apart a defense with his precision in the short area, especially on underneath routes...While he has an aggressive playing style, he does not often force it into traffic, but will take chances due to confidence in his athletic ability...Technically sound passer who still needs to refine his release and mechanics, but has the arm strength and size that coaches love to develop...Underwent surgery in December after he suffered a third-degree separation of his throwing shoulder when he was slammed to the turf midway though the fourth quarter of the 2004 season finale vs. Arizona. Doctors hope he will be ready to throw in April, but say he will definitely be recovered by the time training camp opens.
High school: Attended Grand Junction (Colo.) High School, where he was named honorable-mention All-America by USA Today...Member of the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" listing, ranked the 88th-best player in the nation by the Sporting News, second-team All-West pick by the Orange County Register, PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team player as the No. 8 quarterback in the nation, ranked as the No. 15 quarterback in the nation by Super Prep on its "All-America 308" listing and ranked as the No. 19 player on the Midlands Region Super 30 by SportsLine/PrepStar...Max Emfinger listed him as a third-team All-American for USA Today...Completed 193 of 361 passes for 2,789 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior and hit on 131 of 261 passes for 2,116 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior...All-Southwest League selection as a junior and senior...Earned All-Conference honors in the Colorado Springs/Southwest League as a senior...Lettered three times in football, twice in basketball and once in track...Captained the football team during his senior year...As a freshman, he played a varsity basketball game with a broken finger and scored 20 points (hit four clutch free throws in final two minutes of the game to win it)...Had a great ASU Camp in June of 1999 and committed shortly thereafter.
Personal: Graduated with a degree in Communications...Father, Randy, played baseball at Arizona State and his mother, Selina, is a graduate from ASU as well...Has four brothers, Cameron, Kellen, Eric and Stuart...Grandparents own a cabin at Camp Tontozona, home of ASU's training camp...Born Andrew Scott Walter on 5/11/82...Resides in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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Thats a good QB, can't believe he fell that far, I remember a year ago he was touted as a first rounder.