Three B1G players to take part in "Gruden's QB Camp"
The B1G will account for nearly half of the quarterbacks on Jon Gruden’s quarterback camp.
ESPN announced on Wednesday that Cardale Jones, Christian Hackenberg and Connor Cook will all appear on “Gruden’s QB Camp.” The B1G will be represented on the series for the first time since Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins were invited in 2012.
The series, which enters its seventh season on ESPN, will also feature Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), Jared Goff (California), Paxton Lynch (Memphis) and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State).
In the next five weeks, the seven quarterbacks will be welcomed to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando to work with Gruden on the field and in the film room. Excerpts of each quarterback’s time with Gruden will be aired on SportsCenter, NFL Live and other shows, according to ESPN.
Here’s what Gruden had to say about each B1G invitee:
On Connor Cook: “Connor Cook has a lot of production, and he’s the all-time winningest quarterback at Michigan State. He has very good arm talent. He’s beaten some of the beasts of college football – Ohio State, Oregon and he came from behind to beat Baylor in the Cotton Bowl last year. He’s been real productive, he’s got NFL size, and I can’t wait to meet him.”
On Christian Hackenberg: “He’s one of the big mysteries of this year’s crop. Highly-touted and we know the production he had as a freshman under Coach (Bill) O’Brien. The offensive change and losing Allen Robinson didn’t help him, but he’s got prototype size and he’s got some traits people are looking for.”
On Cardale Jones: “Another mystery – perhaps the biggest mystery in college football history. Who is he? He comes out of nowhere, takes the cape off and the Buckeyes win the national title, and I haven’t seen him since. He’s inexperienced and there’s not a lot of film to look at. He’ll be one of the most intriguing shows we’ve ever done.”
The shows will debut on April 12 (8:30 p.m. ET) and will air regularly leading up to the draft on April 28-30.