Troy Smith: San Francisco 49ers Stockpiling Former Buckeye Stars

September 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As late as a day ago, many in the San Francisco 49ers community considered second-year Ball State alumnus Nate Davis to be the future of the team at the quarterback position.

He had a strong arm, good vision, and good instincts; and while he suffered from dyslexia, many thought he would soon surpass Alex Smith and David Carr as the top option at QB in San Francisco. The adventurous even began to imagine a QB controversy in the making, as many 49er fans have never forgiven the team for passing on Cal's Aaron Rodgers in 2005 and have been looking for a chance to run Alex Smith out of town.

Nate Davis had shown impressive promise is his rookie preseason, leading drives and generating points in critical situations, particularly against the Dallas Cowboys. His performance in the 2010 preseason was a pronounced regression, however, culminating in an almost painful-to-watch display of futility against a depleted San Diego Chargers defense. The young QB looked confused and fl...

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