Local reporters just got a chance to talk to Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel, who just getting off the golf course when the Seattle Seahawks called him and let him know he had been selected.
Teel said his came to Seattle for a visit before the draft, touring the team’s facility and meeting with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.
“I knew they had a little bit of interest,” Teel said. “I talked with one of my college coaches and they asked about myself a little bit. But I was just kind of keeping my fingers crossed, and I knew their pick was coming up in the sixth round, and it’s just a great opportunity for me.”
Teel certainly had talent to work with, with big receiver Kenny Britt, who was drafted by Tennesse in the first round, at Rutgers last season.
However, Teel struggled early on, as his team went 1-5. But Rutgers finished the season winning seven straight. Teel threw for 22 touchdowns in his last seven games.
Teel talked about his strengths and weaknesses as a player.
“I make all of the throws,” Teel said. “I’ve been in a West Coast, pro-oriented offense my college career and I’ve played a lot. I understand the game. I understand (defensive) front coverages and defenses, and just going out and being a leader as a quarterback. Especially at the college level, you need to be able to learn and understand how to relate to people.
“I think as far as things I need to continue to work on is my footwork. Being able to get with a great quarterback coach like I will be, and working on my footwork and getting the ball out quick and being able to translate well to the NFL.”
Teel said other teams that recruited him include Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Boston College and some other ACC schools.
However, Teel said he chose Rutgers because he’s a Jersey kid and wanted to stay home and help build up a progam with head coach Greg Schiano.