Once upon a time, the community of Vacaville, California was set ablaze by something special that was going on at Will C. Wood High School. Carson Strong, a junior at the time, passed for 2,732 yards and 26 touchdowns, but adversity would come soon afterward.
Strong’s senior season wouldn’t result in the victory lap that Vacaville citizens were, no doubt, expecting. Thankfully, a rose grew from the concrete.
In June of 2017, he announced his commitment to play college football at the University of Nevada after they were the only FBS team to offer him a scholarship even though he was a three-star recruit.
We can now state, with confidence, that things turned out pretty well for him by doing so.
During his final three seasons in Reno, he appeared in 31 games, racking up 852 completions on 1,251 attempts and crafting a 68.1 completion percentage. 74 touchdowns and 19 interceptions were the results.
Carson Strong will trend towards being a competent backup for Jalen Hurts, eventually.
As most of you know, there’s more to Carson Strong’s story than his run at Nevada with the Wolf Pack. That aforementioned knee issue that we mentioned? That led to him going undrafted.
An MRI completed during his high school days revealed that he had developed osteochondritis dissecans lesion. That’s a condition in which bones beneath the joint’s cartilage die as a result of there being a lack of blood flow.
Surgery was needed to clean up excess cartilage, and eight biodegradable nails were inserted into the knee. There have been a few issues with bleeding and some needed drainage as a result. Draft pundits and NFL franchises shared concerns, but he’s seemingly been given a clean bill of health on more than one occasion.
The first came from his former head coach Hay Norvell. The most recent came from the Philadelphia Eagles‘ medical staff. He had long been on Philly’s radar, but trust and believe that they wouldn’t have invested so heavily in him had it not.
Strong shined in his final two seasons at the NCAA level manning the controls of the Nevada Wolf Pack offense. Philly added him as a member of their 12-man undrafted rookie free-agent class. He’ll enter training camp as the fourth quarterback on the depth chart, but he’ll make the team’s 53-man roster. We have no doubts. You shouldn’t either.
He’s trending towards being a capable backup, and with Gardner Minshew destined to play football elsewhere as one of the best pieces of trade collateral the Eagles have on the roster, no one should be concerned. He has the talent to develop into a very capable backup for Jalen Hurts, and that day figures to come sooner rather than later.