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All you really need to know about Davis Mills is this -- the player most often used in comparisons with the Georgia quarterback is Stanford legend Andrew Luck. This is dangerously lofty praise, but it speaks to the rare combination of physical tools and football acumen that scouts see in Mills. His senior highlights (below) are enough to make NFL scouts drool with anticipation and Pac-12 defensive coordinators quiver with fear. Watch as he calmly looks to second and third receivers; make note of his ability to throw on the run; marvel at the effortless deep balls, the pinpoint accuracy over the middle, and the perfect touch on swing routes. Throw in enough athleticism to be a running threat whether scrambling or by design, and you get... Well, perhaps it's best not to hang such a burden on a young man who still hasn't graduated from high school, but Davis Mills has all the tools necessary to play quarterback at the game's highest level.
If you're taking the time to read about Stanford football in February, you're obviously very aware of what's going on at the quarterback position. Keller Chryst injured his knee in last season's Sun Bowl and is expected to miss at least some of the 2017 season, leaving fifth-year senior Ryan Burns and rising sophomore K.J. Costello as the only viable candidates for playing time this fall. Even so, Mills has just about as much chance of seeing the field as I do, and I'm a 47-year-old English teacher. As much as it may rankle some fans, it just doesn't make sense to play a true freshman at quarterback in the Stanford system. (And by the way, this is a system that's produced three conference championships in the past five years, which isn't bad.) The timeline for Mills's debut has as much to with Chryst and Costello as it does with his own development, but we should see him on the depth chart in 2018, and when he eventually wins the starting job in '19 or '20, he will be great.