He broke the Mississippi state record for career touchdown passes. By 40. He accounted for 81 touchdowns (63 throwing, 18 rushing) as a senior. In the Class 4A state title game earlier this month, he led his team to victory by passing for 369 yards and three touchdowns as a quarterback and recording 16 tackles and one interception as a safety. He even averaged 41.4 yards per punt this past season, though he always punted out of the shotgun and jokes that all he did was "kick line drives and let it roll for days."
But for all the numbers
Favre is living proof that when seeking quarterbacks, FBS coaches value their precious measurables more than production -- aside from the aforementioned 81 touchdowns, Favre threw for 5,589 yards and rushed for 1,265 in 2009 -- or bloodlines. It's no coincidence this Favre lives in a small town in southwest Mississippi. He's
So far, Southern Miss, Tulane and FCS school Northwestern State have been the only schools willing to offer Mississippi's reigning Mr. Football a scholarship to play quarterback. Favre hopes that will change after Saturday, when he will join dozens of players holding multiple FBS offers at the
Favre has heard throughout the recruiting process that he's too short to play quarterback in college. Frankly, he's sick of it. "They say the reason why short quarterbacks don't get a chance is they can't see over the line," Favre said. "But they never really give anyone a chance to do it. You don't see guys 5-11 playing quarterback because they don't even get a shot. You can't prove yourself if you don't get a shot."
Saturday, Favre's linemen will range from 6-3 to 6-8. If he can see over behemoths such as
Favre thought he had already proven himself, but as his senior season wore on without any offers, the best Rockachaws player since class of 1942 grad
Southern Miss coach
Dylan explained that his grandfather,
In a way, Dylan is glad he's had to fight so hard for every scholarship offer. "I don't want them to give me a shot because of my last name," he said. "I don't think that has anything to do with it. I think I've done enough getting the grades and the ACT score, winning championships and breaking records. I've done enough that if my last name was Johnson, at least I deserve a shot. That's all I want."
And just as Dylan's uncle refused to go to the bench against Carolina earlier this month, Dylan refuses to accept a position switch. The younger Favre caught the eye of Ole Miss coach
Favre should have his chance to play quarterback. Recently, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin requested video of Favre from Williams. If junior college standout
"I just want a shot to prove myself," he said. "I think that's all I need."
Three schools already have offered that shot. If Favre plays well against some of the nation's best Saturday, then more offers could come.
Still, Williams knows most college coaches won't look past 71 inches. Too bad for them, he said. "There's no question in my mind, he's going to be successful for someone," Williams said. "There's going to be a lot of teams that regret passing on him."