Analysis of BYU FB Prospect Trent Hosick
Former Missouri quarterback Trent Hosick will visit Provo this weekend as the former Wendy’s High School Heisman national finalist looks for a new home in which to restart his college career.
Hosick found himself fourth on the Mizzou depth chart after spring camp concluded, behind entrenched starter Marty Mauk, junior Corbin Berkstresser and fellow redshirt freshman Eddie Printz.
Trent led Staley high school in Kansas City to the Missouri 5-A state championship as a junior in 2011, scoring four rushing touchdowns in the championship game. He was rated as the No. 19 duel-threat quarterback in the country as a senior.
During his final season in high school he passed for 1,882 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 1,609 yards and 18 scores. As a junior he passed for 1,406 yards and 10 scores and rushed the ball for an amazing 2,096 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Not only did Trent excel on the gridiron, he was also one of the top wrestlers in his home state. He was the state champion in his weight class as a junior while compiling a perfect 29-0 record.
In addition to the Tigers, Hosick received scholarship offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Northwestern and Stanford.
He enrolled early at Mizzou last year but ended up redshirting during the 2013 season. He went into spring practice this year with the hopes of earning the back up job behind Mauk, but instead found himself slipping to the bottom of the depth chart in head coach Gary Pinkle’s offense.
He had been approached by his coaches about making a position change in order increase his opportunities to see the field, but he has insisted that he wants to play quarterback.
“A lot of people have said I play the game from quarterback like a linebacker,” Hosick told the Columbia Daily Tribune last month. “Oftentimes, that’s why they tell me I should switch positions. But that’s something that makes me a little bit different, is I love contact. I don’t go down very easily, and my ability to extend plays makes me a little bit different.”
After he was released from his scholarship a few weeks ago, BYU quarterback coach Jason Beck contacted Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson about Hosick. Beck and Henson had worked together on the coaching staff at LSU in 2008 when former BYU head coach Gary Crowton was serving as the offensive coordinator in Baton Rouge.
After evaluating the Cougars’ fast-paced, read-option offense, Hosick made the decision to take a serious look at what BYU could offer him. If he ends up on the roster at BYU he will have to sit out next season and then have three years of eligibility. That means that he could eventually end up battling current missionary Tanner Mangum for a starting position when Taysom Hill’s time at BYU is up.
Sizing Up Hosick
Hosick is a strong, thickly-built player who checks in at 6-1, 227-pounds. In the interview below he indicates that he bench presses 410 pounds and squats 555 pounds. He also claims a 40-inch vertical.
At this point in his development he is a better runner than passer. His high school film shows a player who has both speed and power as a ball carrier, something that already has him drawing some comparisons to BYU’s current starting QB.
Hosick might not be quite as explosive or fast as Hill, but he may possess a little more shiftiness in the open field. He’s difficult to tackle and can run over would-be tacklers with his power as well. The fact that he scored 50 rushing touchdowns and gained more than 3,700 yards on the ground in his two years as a starter in high school speaks to his oustanding ability to make things happen with his legs.
He does love contact as a quarterback and that could be a concern. Like BYU’s past two starting quarterbacks, he’ll have to learn how to be smart and protect himself in order to remain healthy over a 12 or 13 game schedule at the Division-1 college level.
Where he needs some work is in the passing game.
One of the concerns about his play has been his accuracy and consistency as a passer. That’s often the issue with “dual-threat” quarterbacks and it was the key reason that he ended up buried on the Missouri depth chart. That news may cause some BYU fans to throw up in their mouths after watching their quarterbacks struggle with accuracy the past four seasons.
His high school film reveals a player who has decent, but not elite, arm strength for a college quarterback. He isn’t a Riley Nelson by any stretch, but his arm isn’t quite as strong a Hill’s either. He can get the football down the field, but lacks that high level of zip on the ball. He sometimes has to really get his entire body into this throws.
Although a highly-accomplished runner, Trent does a good job of keeping his eyes looking down the field in passing situations while using his feet to extend plays and find an open receiver. Many quarterbacks with his running ability tend to cut and run at the first sign of pressure.
The Bottom Line on Hosick.
Given some of the questions marks surrounding his ability as a passer at the Division-1 level, along with the current scholarship crunch in Provo, it could be considered a bit of a surprise that the BYU coaches have shown as much interest as they have in a fourth-string QB, even if he is coming from an SEC program.
If Hosick can’t be consistent in the passing game the offense could continue to struggle in some of the same areas that it has over the past few seasons–that’s assuming he were to become the starter in Robert Anae’s offense.
However, if he can develop as a passer and improve his consistency and accuracy, his athleticism and ability as a runner could make him a very dangerous weapon. It will be interesting to see what transpires this weekend during his visit.
Trent Hosick’s senior highlights:
Trent Hosick’s junior highlights:
Interview with Hosick during spring camp: