Here are five things you need to know about the sophomore quarterback before kickoff…
Ended his true freshman season as the starter
Shurmur played and started the final five games of Vanderbilt’s season last year. Shurmur lead his team to victories over Kentucky and Missouri in his first two starts against SEC teams. In Vanderbilt’s final game, Shurmur set a personal highs with 15 completions, 209 passing and three touchdowns.
He worked on softer throws this off-season
All of Shurmur’s passes as a freshman were fastballs according to Vanderbilt coaches. His short passes were bullets, and his long balls were laser. Shurmur worked on adding some touch on his passes and developing an inventory of throws.
“Well, whenever you first come in, you try to show off your arm,” Shurmur told the Tennessean.com. “I think you forget how important it is sometimes to take some steam off the ball. Every quarterback across college football can throw it hard and far, but it’s more important to be accurate down the field.”
His father coaches in the NFL
Kyle Shurmur’s father, Pat Shurmur, currently works as the tight ends coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Shurmur has had previous stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Stanford and Michigan State. He served as the interim head coached for the Eagles in 2015 after Chip Kelly was fired.
He can swim very well
Shurmur comes from an exceptional swimming family. His mom swam at Michigan State and one of his sisters swims at Boston College. Kyle himself was an excellent swimmer in high school, swimming the backstroke and freestyle. Shurmur competed in two different state meets – Ohio and Pennsylvania- as his dad coached for the Browns and Eagles. Shurmur won two state titles in 2014 and 2015 and his 23.5-second backstroke in the 200 medley relay during his junior year helped his tea set the Pennsylvania state record.
He will wear a clear protective shield on his face mask
Contrary to Drew Franklin’s photoshop, Shurmur will be wearing a clear eye shield on his face mask, not an eye patch. Shurmur was poked in eye during the fourth quarter of Vanderbilt’s 13-6 loss to the Gators.
“It’s not a problem,” Shurmur said of wearing the visor and affecting his accuracy, something he’s never played with before.