A five-minute YouTube video last year made small-college quarterback Alex Tanney a sensation for his uncanny accuracy with a football. Now the Buffalo Bills will get to see whether the Division III product has a future in the NFL and in Orchard Park, AP reported.
Tanney, who was not selected in NFL Draft last weekend, has accepted an invitation to take part in the Bills' three-day rookie minicamp that opens next Friday.
He created a buzz last year in the self-titled “Trick Shot Quarterback” video by showing, among other things, he can hit a receiver in a moving vehicle and throw footballs from across the court and swish them into basketball nets
The video has received more than 1.16 million hits since Tanney and his friends posted it Feb. 20, 2011.
Now he tries to make the roster as the Bills’ No. 3 quarterback behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and backup Tyler Thigpen. The Bills this week also auditioned former Tennessee Titan and Philadelphia Eagle Vince Young.
The Bills were not the only team interested in Tanney, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback who set an NCAA record with 157 touchdown passes over a five-year career with the Fighting Scots, AP reported. Tanney initially agreed to attend the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie camp.
In 47 games for Monmouth, Tanney completed 68.6 percent of his passes going 1,205 for 1,756 with only 30 interceptions. He threw for 300 yards 32 times and finished with a Division III record 14,249 yards passing. He passed for 157 touchdowns at Monmouth in his career.
He holds a variety of school records including most touchdowns in a season by a quarterback, 50 in 2008.
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