I think he exactly fits the mold of what the coaches want to do here. A lot like Bobby Pesavento, who was a freak on the play action.
ESPN rated him as the 26th best QB in the 2010 class with a 78 grade (just below a 4*).
Here's what they said about him:
Hirschman is a pocket passer with prototypical size, bulk and arm strength. In an era of the spread offense and quarterbacks rarely having to work from under center, it is refreshing to see a guy work entirely from under center and possess sound footwork and excellent ball handling skills. He has a thick, sturdy build and is capable of standing in the face of the rush and delivering strikes. Primarily works out of the three and five step passing game as well as short rolls to both sides and a heavy dose of play-action. Is often asked to turn his back to the defense, flip his hips around off play pass, plant and throw. Does an excellent job setting his feet and is a balanced guy in the pocket. Drop speed is adequate and consistent and he has proven he can plant and throw off his 5th step and also reset when necessary without over-striding or throwing off balance. Possesses an excellent intermediate range arm to make all the necessary throws to the sideline and down the middle of the field including the skinny post, hash seam and comeback along the sideline. Is very crisp off play-action throwing deeper posts and drag routes with good timing and anticipation. He shows very good command of this scheme, knows where to go with the ball and can throw to a spot with confidence his target will be in stride.
Hirschman is not going to be a dual-threat guy that creates a lot of plays with his legs, but he shows very good pocket presence, awareness and the feet to sidestep and avoid the rush to buy a second passing chance. Keeps his eyes downfield when rush or flushed and makes a lot of plays in the passing game at the last second as a result. He has a very strong, over-the-top release that at times can appear to be a bit rigid or robotic, but he consistently delivers the ball with power and good overall velocity-- particularly in the underneath and intermediate passing game. He does not play in a wide-open scheme and this offense requires him to develop timing, anticipation and rely upon progressions to be successful which will better prepare him for the collegiate level than many guys who are now playing in the spread offense. As mentioned, there are times when Hirschman's methods can be mechanical in nature and he will show some tension as a passer, but is sharp nonetheless.
Overall, Hirschman possesses both the necessary tools and measurables to be a very successful pocket passer at the next level in the right situation. We feel he needs to be protected to be at his finest and improve overall footwork, but he is a well-groomed guy that displays good command, leadership knowledge of the game.
Scout had Hirschman as a 3* prospect and its #42 QB in the 2010 class. Here was their opinion of him:
- Arm Strength
- Pocket Awareness
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Solid in the pocket, good in the deep passing game and excels in the short and intermediate routes. Physical presence, he looks like a linebacker. Very accurate passers, had an 11-to-1 TD/INT ratio.
Rivals had Hirschman as a 3* prospect with a 5.6 grade (middle of the 3* range) and its #48 QB.
He's a winner, having led his high school team, Los Gatos, to the CIF medium school state championship.
He drew favorable comparisons from coaches to former Los Gatos HS star QB Trent Edwards, who made it to the NFL.
He's a Rob Johnson prospect, one of the nation's elite QB coaches, and was recruited to CU largely based on his recommendation.
We've only seen Hirschman once in live action. In the 2010 Spring Game, he got opportunities to run all of two pass plays. On one he scrambled for 21 yards. On the other, he completed an 83 yard touchdown pass.
All evidence we have points to him being a prototype QB for a pro style offense and a guy who makes plays and wins in game situations.
What does your crystal ball say about Hirschman's future as a Buff?
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The little bit I saw at the Spring game was impressive, but not that much to form an opinion on. He's got the size and the arm, and he is more of a classic QB than the spread hybrid you see at other schools. I am just excited to see TH, Hirsch and Burnette get in there and have a real competition as opposed to the "we'll see" shenanigans that seemed to usually favor a certain player....
Last edited by leftybuff; 02-25-2011 at 08:40 PM.
I can't honestly answer the poll. I have no clue. I've never seen him as much as take a snap from center.
I'll say this - I'm really glad we didn't burn his redshirt last year. I might have stabbed Hawkins in the ear right on the spot if he'd done that.
Not sure he ever starts a game for us.
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Will wait on Spring Ball to make decision
Difficult to get any accurate assessment of his true skill unless you were up there watching practices yourself, since it was quite obvious that picking/coaching/recruiting QB's or recognizing QB talent was piss poor on a good day with the previous staff
You heard it here first, he will be the starter at Hawaii week 1.
2002: last time CU finished the season ranked
2005: last winning season
2007: last bowl game
I went to Los Gatos and played for their football team during the Trent Edwards days. Trent and I were actually good boys and I would have to catch passes for him over the weekends under the coaching of Rob Johnson. The point of my story is our head coach, Butch Cottalico (sp?), has gone on record saying that Hirschman is an even better QB than Trent and expects him to reach the NFL as well. Butch is no idiot and pretty much every varsity starter from the last 20 years has gone on to play for a BCS school. I expect big things from this kid and hope he is our starter come week 1.