Quinn Kaehler walk on to starting QB at SDSU

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Never recruited Quinn Kaehler is now the starting Aztec quarterback. They are looking for their first MWC victory in 2013 Friday night against Nevada on ESPN at Qualcomm.

Most division one college quarterbacks are heavily recruited, most play in the national spot light, or at least make they all state or all city teams.  But not Quinn Kaehler, only one D2 school, Humboldt State knocked on his door and then they stopped knocking. In high school Quinn threw for a respectable 1,538 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at California High School. He also rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

California High played against De la Salle, Tom Brady's high school and plenty of those players received D1 scholarships, but not Quinn Kaehler.

Quinn was not a D1 player nor was he a D2 or D3 player.  His football career was over or at least he thought it was. Quinn enrolled at Diablo Valley College and played quarterback, in two years he went from a 6'3 175 pound high schooler into 6'4 210 pound college athlete. In 2012 he was 309-for-511 (60.5 percent) for 4,044 yards and threw 38 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. His best game was against Chabot where he was 34-for-62 for 479 yards and five touchdowns.

And still no D1 schools came knocking, just a D2 a school in Oregon and another in Michigan. By the time Brian Sipe called Quinn, all the scholarships had been awarded. Sipe asked Quinn to walk on at SDSU.  Quinn was able to move up the depth chart in the summer and earn a back up role in Bob Toledo's offense. When Adam Dingwell went down against Ohio State, the walk on back up from San Ramon was playing D1 football on ESPN in the national spot light.

Kaehler has had his highs and lows this year; the highs a come from behind win versus New Mexico State in Las Cruces, the lows a pick six to give the game away to the Oregon State Beavers.

Kaehler keeps improving completing 60 of 95 passes for 696 yards at 63% and a QB rating of 128.8 higher than MWC Heisman hopeful David Fales, SJSU, Garret Grayson, CSU and Nick Cherry at UNLV.  All in all not bad for a kid that couldn't get a call back from Humboldt State and still is paying his way at SDSU.  He still hasn't asked Rocky Long and the Aztecs for a scholarship, all he wants is a win this Friday against Nevada.  Parents tell your kids this story before they go to bed. Hard work and a little luck can go a long way.

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