Ball State's football program was in a tough spot for several years, but things started to change once Drew Plitt took over at quarterback.
After receiving some playing time in 2017 and 2018, Plitt put his skillset on full display in 2019. He ultimately completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,918 yards and 24 touchdowns.
In his final two seasons with the Cardinals, Plitt had 4,705 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. Though he didn't necessarily light up the boxscore, he did gain more control over the offense. That should give him an advantage when he gets to the next level.
We caught up with Drew Plitt to discuss his career at Ball State, mindset heading into the pros, what separates him from other quarterbacks and more.
The Spun: How has this adjustment process been for you?
Drew Plitt: It’s been really nice. The biggest thing for me is the school part of it. I’ve been graduated for some time, so I’ve been able to put extra time into my training.
The Spun: You had a nice career at Ball State. What will go down as your favorite moment?
DP: I would say winning the MAC Championship last year. We started off with the goal of winning the conference championship. So for us to be able to complete that goal is something I’ll remember forever.
The Spun: What part of your game would you say separates you from other quarterbacks?
DP: I would say my vision. I’m able to see things before they happen and make changes at the line of scrimmage. A lot of guys going to the pros don’t have that experience when it comes to having free rein at the line. The next step for me this past season was to take control of the two-minute process. I was calling almost all of our two-minute drills. We scored on most of them, and I take pride in that.
The Spun: How confident are you in your ability to make an impact as a rookie?
DP: I’m fully confident in myself. The system that I played in at Ball State was pro-style. I feel like I’ll be able to pick up the lingo at the next level. If you watch the way I play, you’ll see that I play with a certain level of swagger. I’m just ready to step up whenever my number is called.
The Spun: You had a hilarious celebration during the 2020 season. How’d that come about?
DP: Are you talking about the golf celebration? Because if so, it was just in the moment. I had a punt, I was excited, and I saw the backup quarterback do it. I thought I might as well try it. It stuck with me for a little bit.
The Spun: Have you been asked about your skills as a punter during this process?
DP: I have not been asked. It’s a question I’m waiting to see if someone does ask me. I’ve been punting down here in training to some of the guys. I’m waiting to see if someone asks. We used to do pin-punts before games. Almost all of them would be inside the five-yard line.
The Spun: Which quarterbacks do you like to study?
DP: There are a couple of guys I like to study who have a similar style to me. I don’t have the arm strength of Patrick Mahomes, but his ability to make plays and throws on the run is something I’m comfortable doing. I like watching Taylor Heinicke. He’s not from a big school, but he came into the league and worked his way up to a starting job. He plays with a lot of fire and passion, and I think I play the same way. I have that moxie that guys can’t coach.
The Spun: I’ve seen some people question your arm strength. What would your response be to that?
DP: I mean, it’s a question people ask. I don’t get offended by it. I know I have the arm strength to play in this league. If you watch the tape, you’ll see I’m accurate on throws downfield. I’ll prove it at my pro day.
The Spun: What are you hoping to show at your pro day?
DP: Going out and being accurate. I want to make sure I pass the eye test for scouts. I want to show off my arm and turn some scouts’ heads. I’m excited about it.
The Spun: Do you feel like you’re flying under the radar?
DP: I definitely feel like I’m flying under the radar. I use it as motivation. I know I can throw with the best of them.
The Spun: What is an NFL team getting in Drew Plitt?
DP: I’m a grinder and a leader. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to become a starter someday in this league.
Plitt will leave college behind with the following accomplishments on his résumé: MAC Championship Game Offensive MVP, All-MAC Second Team, and Ball State Offensive Player of the Year.
The former Ball State quarterback impressed coaches at the Tropical Bowl earlier this year. He'll get another chance to show what he can at his pro day later this month.
Overall, Plitt is an accurate quarterback with the ability to extend plays and make things happen outside of the pocket. Time will tell if he gets an opportunity to show what he's made of at the pro level.
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