SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly senior quarterback Andre Broadous has been selected to participate in the Beyond Sports Network Collegiate Showcase this weekend at the University of Akron.
Athletes from over 600 colleges and universities from across the country in the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA levels will compete in several events at the Stile Athletic Fieldhouse on the Akron campus.
The weekend includes a kicking showcase, testing combine, position drills, 7-on-7 drills and an All Star Game. Invited players will perform in front of General Managers, Scouts, and representatives from the National Football League, Canadian Football League and Arena Football League among other professional football leagues.
Players will participate in testing and drills on Friday, with a practice session scheduled for Saturday along with 7-on-7 drills. The all-star game will be played Sunday.
Broadous (6-0, 210, Portland, Oregon/Grant HS), Cal Poly's offensive most valuable player last fall, earned All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention honors as he quarterbacked the Mustangs to a share of the Big Sky title, a berth in the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs and a 9-3 overall record.
Broadous was the league leader in passing efficiency, completing 84 of 145 passes for 1,375 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 500 yards and nine scores this season. His career totals include 3,120 yards and 31 touchdowns passing with just five interceptions thrown along with 1,459 yards and 30 touchdowns rushing.
"Andre's strength is that he's a great competitor," fourth-year Mustang head coach Tim Walsh said at the team awards banquet in January. "He led us to two straight conference championships and he's a great young man.
"Our running backs coach, Aristotle Thompson, who coached Andre at Grant High School in Portland, said of Andre when we were recruiting him that 'when the lights go on, he's a completely different guy. Watch out.' He has that inner drive to be great. He's special and will continue to be special."
Another example of Broadous' competitive nature, Walsh noted, arose in the Big Sky Conference championship game at Northern Arizona when he pitched the ball with his right hand instead of his customary left hand due to a bulging disc in his neck. Cal Poly won the game 42-34 as Broadous rushed for 19 yards and completed six of nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.