Eveld shows promise, despite the loss

Bobby Eveld showed promise despite the loss.

The Bulls lost their season finale to UCONN, but saw the emergence of Bobby Eveld. The freshman walk-on quarterback was making his first career start and got a tough learning curve facing a solid UCONN defense. While Eveld could not get the win and threw 3 interceptions, there was tremendous promise and progress made on the field for the 6’5″ freshman.

Eveld threw 3 interceptions, that is the first glaring number that most viewers point out. But looking closer at the game, 2 of the interceptions were off of tipped passes by Bulls receivers. It was a poor combination of poor catching and routes and lack of understanding by a young quarterback that led to the bad passes.

There is a lot to like about Eveld. He has a big time height advantage in the pocket (about 6″ taller than Daniels). He has a very strong arm, although his mechanics are bit off and need work (he is actually a former baseball catcher and you can see with his delivery the style of throw there). He also makes very good and quick decisions at the line for the Bulls. When pressured, he is able to throw the ball away instead of trying to make something happen. He does not have the greatest speed, but showed he can scramble and move around the pocket.

Will Eveld start against Clemson? No one is certain at this point. B.J. Daniels is going to have a few weeks to recover from his injuries and will be able to practice with the team. He may be the starter heading into the game against Clemson, but expect Eveld to be right there ready to go in just in case Daniels gets hurt or continues to struggle again.

Eveld will enter the Spring and will get a look at the starting job. He is everything Holtz wants in a quarterback and if Daniels continues to struggle with the system and the offense still sputters, Eveld may get a chance. Just don’t forget about Jamius Gunsby out there as well, big things are expected of him in the future as well.