(WGNO) – Each season we celebrate the great players, teams, coaches, and rivalries that make football in the metro area so special. This season, we’re sharing the top 23 quarterbacks of 23 seasons of Friday Night Football.
Number 23: Walter Cohen High School quarterback Bruce Eugene.
Eugene was called the “round mound of touchdown.” He stood six feet tall and weighed about 260 pounds, but he could move and he could throw it.
Yet, Eugene flew under many coach’s radar.
“College coaches move around so much and they have to spend so much time making sure they keep their job, they don’t always do a good job in player evaluation,” explained Rick Gaille, football analyst and blogger for SportsNOLA.com.
The under-rated Eugene went on to Grambling State University where he was three times a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which is the Division I equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
In 2004, Eugene threw for 34 touchdowns.
But, his 2005 season was even better. Bruce Eugene threw 56 touchdown passes, only 6 interceptions.
Eugene was not only talented, but downright smart. He scored a 41 on the NFL’s Wonderlic Test.
He was big, bright and lethal for opposing defenses.
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