Testaverde Week: Meet Vincent Testaverde Jr.
Vincent Testaverde Jr. has been playing scout-team quarterback for the University at Albany since arriving in early September. He signed on sight-unseen, trusting his famous father's quick connection would help find a better fit in 2018, after stops at two high-profile FBS programs didn't pan out.
He'll have only one year of eligibility remaining next fall — because this is his second transfer — with a very uphill shot. Will Brunson is a redshirt sophomore and Neven Sussman is a junior, a tandem that has extensive in-game UAlbany experience.
Testaverde spent the past two seasons with the University of Miami, where his father won the Heisman Trophy in 1986, but didn't play there as a walk-on. He wore his father's otherwise-retired No. 14 jersey.
But he clearly wasn't going to be a depth-chart factor under second-year coach Mark Richt, whom Vinny Testaverde helped the Hurricanes to hire. Vincent left Aug. 24.
Vincent was recruited to UAlbany in large part because of Testaverde knowing Danes defensive coach Bernard Clark. The pair were Hurricanes teammates. The younger Testaverde said he didn't know Clark before being recruited.
Testaverde is actually fairly new to football.
He quit basketball before his junior year of high school to make the switch. He became Tampa Jesuit's starter eight games into the season. As a senior, he threw for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns.
Vinny Testaverde, who was the quarterbacks coach at Jesuit even before his son's arrival, said he was proud of his son's toughness. He had an appendectomy, returning two weeks later for a state playoff game, even producing a game-winning touchdown pass.
UAlbany coach Greg Gattuso said he's spoken briefly by phone with the former NFL quarterback, noting that the son has the right makeup of playing ability and classroom acumen to be on the team.
All sides are aware that a name will only get the player so far, even in Albany.
"He knows he has to fight to earn it," Gattuso said. "If he's the guy, he'll be the guy."
Gattuso sees him as a drop-back passer. The UAlbany coach — who played at 1980s Miami rival Penn State — quipped that Vincent is "more mobile and better looking" than his father.
Could we have 20 more years of a Testaverde in professional football? It's gonna be a very tough go of things. The 2018 Albany Great Danes aren't exactly the 1986 Miami Hurricanes, but it sure would be a sweet way to keep the Vinny bandwagon a-rollin' (Steering it solo I am).
Even though Vincent Jr. didn't have a chance to start at The U, who knows what could happen in this wacky world of collegiate sports? Joe Flacco played for the University of Delaware Blue Hens and he was a Super Bowl MVP and Tommy "Gun" Maddox was slaying it against the degenerates in that XFL before he saw some success with the Steelers. Romo went undrafted and Kurt Warner was bagging groceries. All of their levels of notoriety were different so I don't think anything's out of the realm of possibility. There's a video interview with Vincent here if you want some more deets, but I'm gonna remain optimistic.