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QB David Pindell Open To Position Change Ahead Of NFL Draft

March 5, 2019
University of Connecticut quarterback and Columbia, Md., native David Pindell has been flying under the radar among 2019 NFL Draft prospects, but he's hoping to make a name for himself before the draft in April.

Whether he makes a name for himself at quarterback remains to be seen.

Pindell's rushing ability stood out for a Connecticut team that finished 1-11 in 2018. He ran for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging more than five yards per carry. During a 38-30 loss at then-No. 21 South Florida in October, Pindell ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. 

His success on the ground has led to coaches and scouts suggesting he switch positions to garner more attention from NFL teams. 

"I can see why a lot of scouts like me changing my position because I ran the ball more than a lot of quarterbacks do and I was looking pretty good doing it," Pindell said on Glenn Clark Radio Feb. 25. "I'm open to anything. I'll go out there as a quarterback, but if they ask me to run a couple routes as wide receiver I'll do that as well."

Other than a seven-point win against Rhode Island, the Huskies lost each game by an average of 31 points.  But Pindell provided some stability under center. He struggled some throwing down the stretch, but he finished with 1,962 passing yards, 19 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. 

The 6-foot, 198-pound senior had an adjusted quarterback rating of 62.5, according to ESPN, which ranked 58th among all FBS quarterbacks last season. Fellow draft hopefuls Trace McSorley (63.7) and Clayton Thorson (60.7) had similar quarterback ratings.

"This season showed how great of a quarterback I can be," Pindell said. "The biggest thing for me right now is going out there as a quarterback and establishing that I can make every single throw."

Before attending UConn, Pindell played at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, Md. He threw for 2,447 yards, 23 touchdowns and led the Scorpions to their first winning season in more than a decade as a senior in 2014.

Pindell played in 19 games the past two years for the Huskies under head coach Randy Edsall. After going 3-9 in 2017, the Huskies' 11 losses this year came by an average of 31 points.

"A lot of players battle adversity, but you have to keep a positive mindset," Pindell said. "You still have to go out there and give all you have. You just have to keep playing. You can never give up." 

For more from Pindell, listen to the full interview here:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of UConn Athletics