|Shaw’s James Stallons is featured on an ESPN blog predicting his chances of playing in a future Super Bowl.|
RALEIGH, N.C. — Shaw University record-setting quarterback James Stallons was featured earlier this week on a popular ESPN.com blog that predicts his chances of playing in a future Super Bowl.
‘Searching For The Next Kaepernick, Flacco’ written by Chris Gigley of ESPN the Magazine, highlights how neither of the starting quarterbacks in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII came from traditional football schools.
With the NFL Draft around the corner, Gigley’s blog broke down the top-five quarterback prospects who currently hail from non-traditional football schools just like Kaepernick and Flacco. Stallons made his list, coming in at No. 4.
Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, in his second season in the NFL, is a graduate of the University of Nevada. Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens is a graduate of the University of Delaware, a school that plays in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA).
Stallons is one of two NCAA Division II players to make the list. Joining him are Matt Brown (Illinois State University), Mitchell Gale (Abilene Christian University), Brad Sorensen (Southern Utah University) and Nathan Stanley (Southeastern Louisiana University).
Gale is the other quarterback from a Division II school. However, starting in 2013, Abilene Christian will make the move to Division I. Southern Utah, Illinois State and Southeastern Louisiana University all participate in Division I and play in FCS.
Gigley predicts each quarterback’s chances of playing in a future Super Bowl. He calls Stallons a “big-armed pocket passer.”Stallons holds the distinction of being the first Caucasian to start at quarterback for the private HBCU after transferring from Texas Southern.
Stallons, who is from the smallest school of the aforementioned quarterbacks, threw for 3,101 yards in 2012, breaking the school record by nearly 1,000 yards. He led the CIAA in passing yards per game, averaging 310.1 per game. He was also tied for second in the CIAA with 22 passing touchdowns.