Max Duggan isn’t afraid to use his legs to beat a defense, in addition to his arm. And people got a great glimpse of that multiple times throughout his Heisman Trophy runner-up season that saw him lead the TCU Horned Frogs all the way to the national championship game.
With that in mind, Thursday morning he explained just what drives him to take off and utilize that part of his game.
“I think just going out there and competing, doing everything you can to, you know, help your team win and try to put them in a spot to be successful,” Duggan said. “I think you watch guys on the O-line, D-line, linebackers, running back, for me, those guys are archaic beings every single week, never complain. And so the least I can do is get in there and get my nose dirty a little bit.”
In his breakout 2022 season, the TCU signal-caller completed 64.9% of his passes for 3,321 yards and 30 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He also added 404 yards rushing and six scores on the ground, including a 15-carry, 110-yard rushing performance against Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship.
Duggan won the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback, and named after the former TCU star. As mentioned, he also finished second in Heisman Trophy voting behind USC quarterback Caleb Williams.
Despite struggling in the national championship game, Duggan had an incredible 2022 season and certainly deserves to have his name called at some point later this month in the NFL Draft. Speaking of which, the latest Mock Draft from the Kansas City Star projects he’ll end up in KC, as the Chiefs look to find a replacement for longtime backup Chad Henne, who retired after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl.
The KC Star has the Chiefs taking Duggan in the 7th round, writing, “In the seventh round, teams start to play a little chess, reserving players who might not be available to them as undrafted free agents.
Duggan would fit the mold. Veach talked earlier this offseason about potentially bringing in a QB from the draft to compete with Shane Buechele for the backup job following Chad Henne’s retirement. Veach also said he liked bringing high-IQ players into the QB room who could challenge Mahomes and his thinking with football. If Duggan isn’t taken at this point, it could make some sense for the Chiefs to take a stab.”
Not that we’re counting, but that would be three quarterbacks with Big 12 ties on the team, with two-time Super Bowl Champion Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech), Shane Buechele (Texas) and Duggan (TCU).