Profiling Colts Second-Year Quarterback Tom Brandstater

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Tom Brandstater

Born: 21st of October, 1984

Hometown: Turlock, CA

College: Fresno State University

Draft: 6th round, 174th overall – 2009 (Denver Broncos)

Height: 6 feet 5 inches

Weight: 223 lbs.



Year Started Att Comp CR(%) Yards YPC TD INT Sacks
2005 0 13 6 46.15% 49 8.17 1 1 0
2006 10 268 146 54.48% 1490 10.21 13 14 6
2007 13 337 211 62.61% 2654 12.58 15 5 17
2008 13 371 221 59.57% 2664 12.05 18 12 17
Career 36 989 584 59.05% 6857 11.74 47 32 40


No Professional stats

Pre-Draft Measurables*

40-yard Dash: 4.95 seconds

Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches

Broad Jump: 106.0 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.93 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37 seconds

* – NFL Scouting Combine



Tom Brandstater is a 2009 sixth round pick out of Fresno State University, where he was a three year starter. Despite the WAC Conference’s generally poor competition-level, Fresno State has a history of developing NFL-caliber quarterbacks.

It was Fresno State’s reputation that helped justify Brandstater’s position as a solid late-round developmental pickup One of Brandstater’s unique attributes is that he played safety in high school, but found an opportunity to move to quarterback at Fresno State.  Brandstater did play quarterback in high school as well, but was used primarily as a component of his school’s rushing attack and less as a passer.

Due to his delayed development, Brandstater lacks many of the ingrained bad habits that characterize numerous college quarterbacks.  For example, Brandstater developed in both the shotgun and under center, which allowed him to avoid many of the pitfalls that the spread offense can beset other talents.

Brandstater also developed his throwing motion under superior college-level instruction, allowing him to avoid many of the poor habits lifetime quarterbacks develop.  Brandstater has experienced some moderate growing pains during his college career due to his relative inexperience, including a downturn in his senior season — following rapid development during his sophomore to junior years.

Brandstater lacks refinement in some areas, including trouble scanning the field and not staring down his receivers.  He also struggles with pass-precision between overlapping coverage, tight spirals, and tends to float passes instead of throwing crisp passes on a line to his receivers.

Brandstater does display a propensity to improve, above-average out-of-pocket” skills, and uncharacteristically strong down-field blocking abilities.  He also has sure hands when he breaks out of the pocket, or preforms handoffs — is not afraid of getting hit, and demonstrates the ability to avoid oncoming pass rushers.

Brandstater earned a spot on the Denver Broncos regular roster throughout the 2009 season, but inactive for all 16 games as the 3rd Quarterback on the depth chart.  The Colts claimed Bradstater off of waivers the day after he was released in June 2010.