Quarterback is the most important position on the field, and probably in all of team sports. A team can go from 60 to zero in the blink of eye if their starting QB gets hurt. UND is not immune to this phenomenon. In fact, Tom Miller just had a blog post about how many times a UND quarterback has not made it through the entire season in recent years.
Which makes the latest QB signing all the more important.
On Monday, UND coach Bubba Schweigert announced the signing of Juco QB Andrew Zimmerman (6’2-205).
Zimmerman began his career at Eastern Washington but transferred out after the first season due to injury and being behind All-American Gage Gubrud and others on the depth chart.
He wound up at Fresno City College and after splitting time to begin the year took over the starting job this past fall. Zimmerman threw for 1,300 yards and 17 TD’s vs. 4 INT’s. His best game was 291 yards and 3 TD’s vs. San Mateo College.
Zimmerman will have three years remaining at UND.
Like many junior college QBs, Zimmerman was rarely under center on his film. This will be his biggest adjustment at UND and he will need to work hard on it. Receiving snaps from under center and turning your back to a defense on play-action passes is quite different than sitting in the shotgun and throwing fades against press-man. This will be the challenge for him.
We really like his athleticism and ability to run around and makes plays. There’s no reason he can’t be used like Keaton Studsrud in the power run game out of jet sweep action. With three years of eligibility remaining and upcoming spring ball, Zimmerman should be a nice insurance policy after Studsrud graduates.
We look forward to seeing what Zimmerman brings to the table this spring.