Exton, PA | 6022 | 215 | 4.72E | 2018
This quarterback is something to get excited about with his ability to make rare throws and arm strength—this kid can wing it! He operates a shotgun-based run/pass option style offense. Flashes zip, can make all the throws and will adjust his touch on throws depending on the situation. He possesses the pocket sense to get rid of the ball right before the pocket collapses and can nail the out route from the opposite side hash mark like no problem! He must learn how to slide and avoid unnecessary hits. He takes too many blows to the upper body and has already endured a torn ACL injury in the season finale of his 2016 campaign. He also suffers from a bad wide receiver group that drops a lot of passes that should be completed. His command and leadership during the Spiders comeback win versus Albany was outstanding. He has been praised by the coaching staff for his great leadership and intangibles. With his ability to thread the needle like few quarterbacks coming out of college can, combined with his instincts and quick release, it would come to no surprise to see him selected on day two of the NFL Draft.
2016: His single-season totals for 2016 were sixth in completions (257), seventh in yards (3,184) and tied for 10th in completion percentage (.619) … his four touchdown passes in the Vandals’ Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory tied for third-best single game in school history … he was chosen Most Valuable Player of the Game and was a second-team all-Sun Belt Conference choice … he finished first in passing yards (3,184); second in pass efficiency (136.7) and passing touchdowns (19); third in the conference in completion percentage (.619), points responsible for (140), points responsible for per game (10.8), yards per pass attempt (7.67).
2015: Had one of the best seasons among FBS quarterbacks … led the Sun Belt in completion percentage (.634), which was 29th nationally … additionally was ranked second in the Sun Belt in completions per game with 22.55 (19th nationally), total passing yards with 2,992 (34th nationally), passing yards per game with 272.0 (24th nationally) and total offense with 293.3 yards per game (21st nationally) … he also was third in the league in passing yards per attempt (7.65) and fourth in pass efficiency (135.6).
2014: Had one of the best freshman seasons in school history … played in all 11 games and started 10 … had four games of more than 300 yards passing and finished with 2,540 passing yards.
High School: Linehan follows in the footsteps of his father, Scott, as a Vandal quarterback. Linehan, a multi-sport athlete, was honored as a blue chip player by the Detroit News after leading St. Mary’s to the state championship game. An all-league selection, he threw for 1,500 yards as St. Mary’s captured the Catholic League title. He also was a key member of St. Mary’s Class A regional basketball championship during his junior year.
Personal: He is the son of Scott, an assistant for the Dallas Cowboys and a stellar player at Idaho, and Kristen Linehan. His brother Mike joined the Vandals in 2015. His uncles also played for the Vandals … born Nov. 13, 1994.