All in the Family: The Quarterbacks

Bryn Renner (Daniel Shirey - USA TODAY)

Some in the quarterback Class of 2014 have some strong brotherly connections that preceded them, including one being a former No. 1 overall pick. There were also fathers, such as a former member of the Packers.

Tajh Boyd: Clemson University Tigers

Boyd's cousin, Darrell Roseman, was an offensive lineman at Auburn University (2009).

Derek Carr: Fresno State University Bulldogs

Derek's older brother, David, was also a Fresno State standout quarterback during his collegiate days. David was the first overall selection in the 2002 draft by the Houston Texans. He gained national attention during the 2001 season, after connecting on 344-of-533 passes for 4,839 yards, 46 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, earning Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Sammy Baugh honors. 

David started for the Houston Texans from 2002 through the 2006 seasons. He joined the Carolina Panthers in 2007, leaving for the New York Giants the next two years before joining the San Francisco 49ers in 2010. He returned to the Giants to back up Eli Manning during the 2011-12 campaigns, finishing his professional career with 1,353 completions of 2,267 passes for 14,452 yards, 65 touchdowns and 71 interceptions.

During David's playing days at Fresno State, Derek was a frequent visitor to the campus. He was also in attendance during a 2007 ceremony at the stadium when the Bulldogs retired David's jersey number 8. It was a "no brainer" when the younger Carr eagerly signed his national letter of intent to join the program on May 25, 2008. Derek lists his older brother as his favorite athlete because: "He is the kind of person I want to be." 

Another brother, Darren, was a walk-on defensive lineman at the University of Houston.

When Derek joined the Fresno State program in 2009, he requested and received the jersey number that was worn by his "second favorite" quarterback, former Green Bay Packers legend, Brett Favre (4). The younger Carr would make his brother and Favre proud, as he would close out his career ranked second among active NCAA players with 113 touchdown passes, also ranking fourth in total offense (13,032 yards), third in passing yardage (12,842), second in pass completions (1,086), third in pass attempts (1,630) and fourth in touchdowns responsible for (118).

David Fales: San Jose State University Spartans

Fales' younger brother, Austen, served as David's backup at quarterback on the 2013 San Jose State team. Austen did not complete any passes, but is expected to compete to fill the vacancy at quarterback in 2014.

Jimmy Garoppolo: Eastern Illinois University Panthers

Jimmy's older brother, Mike, lettered as a linebacker at Western Illinois University. He enrolled in 2007 and lettered from 2009-11. In 20 games, Mike posted 75 tackles (40 solos) with six stops-for-loss, two pass deflections and a blocked kick.

Zach Mettenberger: LSU Tigers

Zach was a highly sought-after recruit who originally enrolled at the University of Georgia, where his mother, Tammy, presently serves as an administrative assistant for Georgia head coach Mark Richt.

Aaron Murray: University of Georgia Bulldogs

Aaron's brother, Josh, was a former-scout team safety at the University of Georgia.

Bryn Renner: University of North Carolina

Renner's father, Bill, punted for the Packers in 1986 and 1987. In 1986, he replaced injured veteran Don Bracken and averaged 41.5 yards per punt, though three of his 15 were blocked. He punted 20 times with a 35.6-yard average in 1987 as part of the strike-replacement team.

"He's shared stories," Renner said at the Scouting Combine. "He's been a great role model for me and I'm blessed to have him the whole time I've been growing up and telling me stories about being a pro and how to conduct yourself. So, I've been very fortunate. But he has told me stories about how cold it was in Green Bay and everything like that."

Renner, who was coached by his father in high school, had an outstanding career. He ranks second in school history with 64 touchdown passes and third with 8,221 passing yards. He set a single-season school record with 26 touchdown passes in 2011, then broke it with 28 in 2012.

However, he missed the second half of his senior season with a season-ending injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He's healthy, having performed at the Scouting Combine and the school's pro day.

"I'll do whatever it takes to play at this level," he said. "If a team wants to draft me, that's great, I'll be excited about it. But if I have to go the long and hard way, I'm looking forward to that as well."


Tom Savage: University of Pittsburgh Panthers

Tom's older brother, Bryan, was a reserve quarterback and punt returner at Wisconsin (2004-05), lettering as a red-shirt freshman in 2005. He later transferred to Hofstra University (2007-08), where he completed 232-of-367 passes (63.22%) for 2,668 yards, 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 11 contests during the 2007 campaign, He also scored 10 times on 118 carries for 320 yards.

Connor Shaw: University of South Carolina Gamecocks

His brother, Jaybo, was Connor's teammate at Flowery Branch High School. Jaybo then enrolled as a quarterback at Georgia Tech but transferred to Georgia Southern in 2010. Their father, Lee, coached Connor and Jaybo at Flowery Branch High, remaining the team's coach for seven seasons, averaging 10.4 wins per year. Both of his sons earned All-State honors as triple-option quarterbacks during Lee's tenure. After the 2011 season, he returned to coach his alma mater, Rabun County High School. Lee lettered three seasons as a wide receiver and return specialist at Western Carolina.

Logan Thomas: Virginia Tech Hokies

Logan's cousin, Zack McCray, was a teammate and tight end at Virginia Tech (2011-present). Zack spent the 2011-12 campaigns as a reserve defensive end, recording 18 tackles that included one stop behind the line of scrimmage. He did not catch any passes as a junior in 2013.


Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft.
 

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