(STATS) – Playing under four different offensive coordinators in college would be considered a detriment for any quarterback, but Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta didn’t necessarily see it that way.
His adaptability is one of the reasons NFL scouts are taking a closer look at the 2017 CAA Football offensive player of the year at the 69th annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama (2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, NFL Network).
“But I’ve been blessed with so many great coaches,” Lauletta said on a recent Senior Bowl radio show. “Any time you have to learn so many different systems, it’s kind of a pain, but I think there’s so many advantages to doing so. I’ve learned so many different perspectives and so many different offensive schemes. I think at this point, I don’t know if there’s a play that even the NFL could show me or anybody could really show me that I’ve seen or at least a variation of.”
Confidence flows with Lauletta, who passed for more than 3,000 yards in each of the last three seasons at Richmond on the way to setting the school’s all-time records for passing yards (10,465), touchdown passes (73) and total offensive yards (10,651).
The 6-foot-2 1/2, 217-pound Lauletta can throw effectively from the pocket or on the run. He recovered from a torn ACL suffered in the final regular-season game in 2016 to have a standout senior campaign.
Lauletta, who’s been training in Florida under quarterback coach Adam Behrends at IMG Academy, will share the South team’s snaps at the Senior Bowl with Virginia’s Kurt Benkert, Troy’s Brandon Silvers and Western Kentucky’s Mike White. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Josh Allen of Wyoming are two of the North quarterbacks.
“I love to be coached and there’s so many people that have coached me hard and really pushed me, really helped me to be where I’m at right now,” Lauletta said.
Other former FCS players on the South squad are South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert, Southern cornerback Danny Johnson, South Carolina State outside linebacker Darius Leonard, Jacksonville State cornerback Siran Neal, North Carolina A&T offensive tackle Brandon Parker, Idaho State offensive guard Skyler Phillips and Murray State cornerback D’Montre Wade.
The North squad boasts Maine offensive tackle Jamil Demby, North Dakota State inside linebacker Nick DeLuca, Brown defensive end Richard “Dewey” Jarvis, Weber State cornerback Taron Johnson, The Citadel inside linebacker Myles Pierce and Penn wide receiver Justin Watson.