Scouting Report: Nic Shimonek, QB, Texas Tech

Corsicana, TX | 6024 | 225 | 4.80E | 2018

Lines up both under center and out of shotgun—the Red Raiders’ offense is based on a lot of dinks and dunks. A team captain and leader. He doesn’t always make the correct pre-snap reads and needs to eliminate ‘dumb’ throws—he should begin with learning how to identify defensive fronts. In addition, his footwork needs major refinement. He tends to feel the pressure in the pocket and his accuracy suffers when he is forced to rush. His decision-making tends to be questionable—he completely mismanaged the final drive of the Oklahoma State game in 2017 and cost his team a victory. He transferred from Iowa and surrendered his scholarship in order to walk-on at Texas Tech and evolved into the heir apparent to Pat Mahomes. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury calls him the hardest working player on the team and he also has an entrepreneurial background, helping his mom startup her furniture restoration company. While he has shown flashes, his lack of experience and deficiencies grade him out as an undrafted free agent.

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2016: Served as backup quarterback for his junior campaign … appeared in four games, three of which that came in Big 12 play … finished with 464 yards and six touchdowns through the air on 38-of-58 passing (65.5%).

2015: Saw the field twice for the Red Raiders, playing against UTEP (9/12) and Iowa State (10/10) … completed an 18-yard pass against the Cyclones … came out of the 2016 spring listed as the backup quarterback on the depth chart.

2014: Did not play due to NCAA transfer rules.

2013: Redshirt season at the University of Iowa.

High School: Attended Mildred High School in Mildred, Texas … finalist for state Player of the Year as a senior … honorable mention all-state as a senior and junior … named district and area Offensive Most Valuable Player while earning first team honors as a junior and senior … first team all-district and all-area as a sophomore … honorable mention all-district as a freshman … led prep team to runner-up finish in Texas Class 2A Division II as a senior, helping team post 13-2 overall record … passed for 2,714 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior, completing 160-of-252 passes, with just six interceptions … rushed for 850 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior … as a junior completed 193-of-291 attempts for 2,939 yards, 37 touchdowns and three interceptions, while also rushing for 220 yards and nine touchdowns … team posted 13-1 record in junior season, reaching state semifinals … completed 139-of-243 attempts for 1,885 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore, with nine interceptions … as a freshman, completed 64-of-143 attempts for 673 yards and six touchdowns, with 11 interceptions … helped team reach state playoffs as a freshman and sophomore … career totals included 8,211 passing yards and 97 passing touchdowns … holds school and area passing records for career completions, yards and touchdowns … named a team captain as a senior … four-year letterman in basketball and baseball … carried over a 3.75 GPA … high school coach: Patrick Harvell.

Personal: Nic Shimonek … son of Tresa and Kenny Shimonek … a general business major at Texas Tech.