QB David Cone- The Rodney Dangerfield of the M Football Team
QB David Cone gets no respect. Cone, who was a So./Fr. during the 2007 season, is a pro-style quarterback that was considered a find by QB Coach Scot Loeffler. Cone (6'6", 214 lbs.) participated in one of Coach Loeffler summer quarterback camps in 2005 and Coach Loeffler was so impressed with Cone's accuracy and command that Michigan decided to offer Cone a scholarship. Cone officially signed his commitment in February, 2006 and he joined the team in time for fall practice in August, 2006. During his prep career, Cone led Statesboro (Ga.) High School to three consecutive Class AAAA state championship games including a perfect 15-0 record and a state championship during his senior year.
Cone redshirted his freshman season (2006) at Michigan as QB Chad Henne was the designated starter and Jason Forcier was his back-up. Cone was impressive in the 2007 Spring Game and saw some (limited) action this past season playing as the #3 QB behind Sr. Chad Henne and all-world Fr. Ryan Mallett. Cone saw mop-up duty in two games and completed the only pass he threw for 21 yards. Despite his impressive background and his strong performance in the limited opportunity he has been given, Cone has been discounted (or worse) in discussions regarding Michigan's quarterback situation for 2008. Although much remains to be seen regarding the Wolverines QB situation (Coach Rodriguez has been quoted as saying he wants to bring in at least two scholarship quarterbacks), I think people should be rest assured that Cone is a talented player. He may or may not beat out Steve Threet on the depth chart but it will be more competitive than people think. People discount Cone too quickly because of his lean frame. However, there was a reason Loeffler had Coach Carr extend him a scholarship back in 2006. Cone is competitive, tough, and has an accurate arm. Fans should not be so quick to discount Cone because of his looks. Go Blue!
*Note: Photo of David Cone (12) and Nick Sheridan (8) from 2007 Spring Game by mzgoblue.
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