by Aaron Wilson
March 02, 02014
Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price had a prolific career for the Demon Deacons.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder passed for 9,206 yards and 65 touchdowns and was an All-Academic Atlantic Coast Conference selection. As a senior, he passed for 2,223 yards and 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
As a sophomore, he completed 60 percent of his throws for a career-high 3,017 yards and 20 touchdowns with six interceptions.
Now, he's making his NFL bid. The last Wake Forest quarterback to get drafted was Mike Elkins in 1989.
Price attended the same high school (Westlake) as NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees and Nick Foles. He chose Wake Forest over offers from Stanford, Rice and Tulsa.
National Football Post caught up with the Austin, Tex., native recently for the following Q&A:
How big of a factor is your experience as a four-year starter?
Price: "I think that helps a lot. I think the fact that I had over 46 starts will be huge. It's a lot of game experience. I played against a lot of great competition against a lot of great players. I think that will play a really big part in being successful at the next level."
Who has shown the most interest in you so far?
Price: "The Panthers, Jaguars and Ravens. There's been a little interest there. Those three have talked to my position coach and the guys in the football office. We had a number of scouts come by during the season."
What do you bring to the table as a draft prospect?
Price: "I think one of the things I did really well is I take care of the football. I make really good decisions. I did a good job of not turning the ball over and keeping us in the game. I've had the ability to play under an offense constantly running different schemes and I've been able to handle a variety of different schemes and be succesful."
What do you feel like you have to prove to teams?
Price: "I think accuracy is always huge. Teams want me to be really accurate. The knock on me is my size. I think they'll look at me and say I'm a little undersized. Drew Brees is about 5-11, so is Russell Wilson. He's a smaller guy, too. Those guy shave been successful."
Who's the best player you played against?
Price: "I remember a lot of good defensive linemen like Quinton Coples, DaQuan Bowers, Xavier Rhodes, Manti T'eo and Harrison Smith."
What offense do you feel works best for you?
Price: "I've been under center. I've been in the shotgun. I've done some option and zone read stuff. I think I can adapt to any offense. I think most quarterbacks prefer to be in the gun. It's easier to see and gives you more time to be comfortable. I feel like I can do it all."
Were you disappointed to not be invited to the NFL scouting combine?
Price: "I think it all serves as motivation. I've always been the underdog and under the radar. It serves as motivation for me to prove I can play at the next level."
Do you know Brees and Foles very well and what was it like playing at Westlake with so much tradition?
Price: "I never met Drew, but I know Nick pretty well. He's texted me and stayed in touch. I've never got to meet Drew. Playing down there, Texas football is huge. People love it.
"It's a rich tradition of football at our high school. It has bred a lot of talented football players at all positions, including Justin Tucker and Ryan Swope. I threw my first high school pass to Ryan."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.