MOBILE, Ala. — North Carolina State’s Jacoby Brissett is the lone non-SEC representative among the Senior Bowl’s South quarterbacks, and he entered the week with significantly less star power than Alabama’s Jake Coker, Arkansas’ Brandon Allen and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott.
Thursday, the Florida transfer put forth a memorable performance through the air.
Brissett completed all 11 of his passes in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations, with three of those going for touchdowns. He also added a 10-yard scoring scramble against an 11-man defense.
Here was the breakdown among South quarterbacks (all yardage approximate):
- Brissett: 11-of-11 for 110 yards, three touchdowns and one rushing touchdown
- Coker: 3-of-9 for 40 yards and two touchdowns
- Allen: 5-of-8 for 35 yards, one passing touchdown and one interception
- Prescott: 6-of-10 for 75 yards, two touchdowns and one fumble
Brissett, a 4-star pro-style prospect from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., spent one season — 2012 — with the Gators before splitting for Raleigh, N.C.
“It was out of my control,” he told SEC Country on Thursday afternoon. “I can’t control other peoples’ thoughts or decisions. I’ve just got to do my thing.”
He passed for 5,268 yards and 43 touchdowns in two seasons of work at North Carolina State, while adding nine more scores on the ground.
Some analysts predict the 6-foot-5 prospect will land in the back half of the NFL draft, a possibility that seemed unlikely while he was riding the bench at Florida three years ago.
“I think it turned it around a lot,” he said of his decision. “To go from not playing to playing and being in the situation I am right now, being able to come out and showcase my talent — I’m playing the game I love.”