NFL Draft 2013 — Peter Lalich: The Forgotten One

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BY J.P. SCOTT ON FEBRUARY 26, 2013

Peter Lalich is the best passer in college football. No one throws a prettier, more accurate ball with more zip. No One.

Don’t bother scrolling through the names of the quarterbacks who participated in this year’s NFL Combine. The 6’6, 245 pound senior is not on it. He wasn’t invited.

Lalich was one of the most heavily recruited quarterbacks in the nation coming out of West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia in 2007. He chose to stay in-state and attend the University of Virginia after turning down offers from Miami (FL), Michigan, N.C. State and UCLA.

During the summer before his sophomore season at Virginia, Lalich was arrested for underage drinking and placed on probation. He ended up starting the first two games for the Cavaliers before his court appearance where he admitted to violating his probation by consuming alcohol. He was dismissed from the UVA Football team the same day.

Two years later, after transferring to Oregon State, he was dismissed from that program as well. This time he was caught operating a boat under the influence of alcohol.

What looked to be another tragic ending to another talented athlete’s story took a turn for the better when Lalich found a place at the University of California (PA), a Division II school. He had a quiet yet solid 2012 season, highlighted by his 334.7 passing yards per game average.

In an interview for NFL Draft Zone, Lalich talked about how his past mistakes made him a better person and helped him grow. In the same interview, he talks about passing his time by playing blues guitar, practicing yoga and modeling his game after that of Tom Brady. If you are trying to model yourself after another in your profession, I’d say it would be tough to make a better choice than that.

From what I can tell, outside of two unfortunate incidents with alcohol and some self admitted marijuana usage in the past, he seems like your average college kid — only this kid has an NFL arm and high-speed computer processor for a mind when it comes to making decisions from the pocket.

A source close to and with experience coaching Lalich described the signal caller as a “football savant”, going on to call him a “real life Will Hunting” when it came to football.

The same source cited how the fact that Ryan Nassib, the current quarterback prospect from Syracuse, is being considered by many as potential 2nd or 3rd round pick is laughable when you compare his skill-set to that of Lalich. He went on to speculate that Lalich will be one of the most sought after undrafted free agents should he get passed over for seven rounds.

It is also important to point out that Dallas Cowboy Head Coach Jason Garrett’s brother John was one of the primary recruiters of Lalich to Virginia. This tells me that Peter Lilich will be very much on the radar of both the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where John Garrett is now on Greg Schiano’s staff.

As I said before, after watching literally hours of NFL prospects throw the ball, not one of them is a better pure passer and for that matter, decision maker than Peter Lalich. Let’s just hope the foolish decisions of a 20 year old kid don’t end up being what derails what could very well be a terrific NFL career.

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6 thoughts on “NFL Draft 2013 — Peter Lalich: The Forgotten One

  1. Ben
    February 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I wish Peter could have stayed at OSU… the boat incident was a bit fishy, kind of unfair to him. His mom stopped by on one of our fan forums and was very pleasant, leaving great vibes for the entire Lalich family.

  2. Roy
    March 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Last year it was the trick shot passer. This year it’s the troubled youth. Sorry, but I’m not sold on him. We’re not talking a one-time offender here. We’re talking a kid who was arrested and put on probation (1), then broke that probation (2), then was operating a boat under the influence (3). Plus marijuana usage (4). I’m no prude, but that’s not just youthful indiscretions, that’s a pattern. There’s about a 100x greater chance that he turns out to be the second coming of Ryan Leaf than…hmmm…can you name a player with that kind of background who actually succeeded in the NFL?

    1. dxpavelka
      March 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Percy Harvin. Paul Hornung. This is like shooting fish in a barrel. The only your Ryan Leaf comparison is valid is if Lalich is a high (alright, poor choice of words) first round draft pick. He will be a 3rd day draft pick and will make some team (Hopefully the Vikings) very happy.

    2. Chris C
      April 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Actually you don’t have any idea what you are talking about. He did get caught with a beer in his hand at a street gathering in Charlottesville – where members of the basketball team were brawling in the street – he went to his FIRST meeting with his probation officer to be told what the terms of his probation were – and was asked if he had drank since his offense – he told the truth that he had – but since he hadn’t been given the terms of his probation the judge ruled that he DID NOT break his probation – but the braintrust at UVA thought he might sulley their “perfect” image and released him from his scholarship. His own coaches raved about his work ethic and morals and helped him get on at Oregon State. During his time there he was charged with Boating DUI for moving a houseboat that he was staying on for the weekend – 10 feet – let me repeat that – 10 feet – because of an overzealous Barney Fife he was painted with the broad brush of being a substance abuser. Your a fool if you think that 90+ % of college kids do not drink or experiment with drugs. He turned himself around and was a great student A’s and B’s at a very good school and was on track to shatter the passing records when he got a Staph infection in his hand and missed a lot of playing time. he comes from good parents and is a truly great kid – I think it would be a HUGE injustice if he isn’t simply given the chance to earn his way into the NFL. Chris C – WSHS Class of 88

    3. Dave Blankenship
      April 29, 2013 at 3:11 am

      I was Peter Lalichs first Quarterback coach in middle school and have followed his high school and college career. I have coached footbal for over 25 years and I can say he’s the smartest QB I’ve ever coached. Say what you will about his indiscretions, but at least he never asked for or recieved special treatment and always owned up to his mistakes. He’s a good person and someone is going to get a Tom Brady like steal when they sign him.

  3. April 30, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I know Peter’s father. You could not find a better role model, father and good person. I have also witnessed Peter’s work ethic at a local health and fitness center. He is a dedicated, polite and intelligent young man. He deserves a chance to prove that he can play in the NFL.

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