Parker Wroble RB/WR 5-10 175 Hoschton, GA Mill Creek HS
Yep - looks like the Bears added a 7th signee this morning...
Looks like Wroble is a Transfer from Air Force, a 2020 signee for the Falcons, who Mercer previously recruited / offered out of Mill Creek High. Coming out of HS, Wroble had offers from Mercer, Coastal Carolina, Ball State, Army, Miami (OH), South Alabama, WCU, EKU, Wofford, The Citadel, and Tennessee Tech.
Could end being a nice Offensive piece for Mercer.
* Played in 10 games, starting the first six games of the season before suffering an injury * Missed two games, at Georgia Southern (Oct. 19) and versus Troy (Nov. 2) due to injury * Led the team with 1,421 passing yards and 12 passing touchdowns on the season * Also recorded a team-high 1,602 total yards of offense * Was 119-for-187 through the air with seven interceptions * Completed 63.64 percent of his passes on the year * Also rushed 54 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns on the season * In the road win at Kansas (Sept. 7), Payton became just the eighth quarterback in CCU’s young history to pass for over 1,000 career yards * His career-high 304 passing yards in the season opener versus Eastern Michigan (Aug. 31) were the most by a Chant quarterback since Tyler Keane threw for 332 yards at Appalachian State in 2007 * Threw for a career-high three touchdowns at ULM (Nov. 23) * Completed a career-high 29 passes on a career-high 43 pass attempts for a career-high 304 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener versus Eastern Michigan * Passed for 240 yards, going 20-for-31 with two touchdowns and an interception and rushed for two touchdowns at Appalachian State (Sept. 28) * Was 16-for-18 for 203 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the road win at UMass (Sept. 21) * Also completed 10-for-16 pass attempts for 158 yards at ULM * Passed for 149 yards and a touchdown at Arkansas State (Nov. 16)
* Played in seven games, starting four-straight contests at quarterback at Georgia State (Oct. 27), versus Appalachian State (Nov. 3), against Arkansas State (Nov. 10), and at home versus Georgia Southern (Nov. 17) * Named the BAM Offensive Player of the Week for the game at UMass (Oct. 20) * Was second on the team with 677 passing yards and six passing touchdowns * Completed 49-of-75 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 65.3 percent * Threw two interceptions * Also rushed 46 times for 142 yards on the year * Made his collegiate debut at Campbell (Sept. 12), but did not record a stat * Was a perfect 3-of-3 for 37 yards through the air versus ULM (Oct. 13) * Came off the bench to spark the Chants’ offense, completing 5-of-7 passes for 107 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, and rushed five times for 44 yards in the road win at UMass (Oct. 20) * Also completed a season-long 61-yard pass in the win over the Minutemen * Rushed a season-high 17 times for 62 yards in the win at Georgia State * Completed 12-of-17 passes for a season-high 222 yards and a touchdown versus the Panthers * Was 10-of-16 for 79 yards and a touchdown, and carried the ball nine times for five yards in the start versus Appalachian State * Threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-18 passing, and carried the ball eight times for 26 yards against Arkansas State * Passed for 89 yards and a score on 8-of-14 passing, and rushed six times for 10 yards in the home finale against Georgia Southern * Missed the regular-season finale at South Alabama (Nov. 23) due to an injury
* A three-star recruit by 247Sports.com * Also tabbed the 49th-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247Sports.com * Named the Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year * Named first-team 7-AAAAAAA All-Region at quarterback as voted by the region’s coaches * Led the Panthers to the Class 7-AAAAAAAA state quarterfinals as a senior * Threw for 2,444 yards and 25 touchdowns while rushing for 630 yards and four scores on the ground his senior season * Played for former CCU All-American center Nick Johnson at Parkview High School his senior year * Started his career as the three-year starting quarterback at Peachtree Ridge High School * Threw for 2,524 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior and was tabbed second-team 6-AAAAAAA All-Region
FUBear, how well-suited do you think he is to Mercer’s offense? Looks like he’s used to throwing it a ton.
I really can’t answer that. Probably the best answer I can give is that I think we saw the 1st page or 2 of Coaches Cronic’s/Bodine’s/Foster’s Offensive Playbook this Fall. With Mr. Payton & (hopefully) with the return of Robert Riddle, I think we’ll see a couple more chapters of it.
The bigger & more interesting questions (with some thoughts to support those questions) to me are:
1) Will Riddle be healed and 100% 2) How many years of eligibility do Payton & Riddle have remaining. With Covid exemptions, Redshirting, (possible) Medical Hardship, and Transferring involved in that calculus, I’ll let someone who knows calculus tell me the actual answer to that question. 3) My guess is that they both have 2, maybe 3, years remaining and they both are about the same eligibility-wise. 4) As Payton was CCU’s back-up in 2020 and played in 9 games (leading the Beach Chickens in their win over GaSou when McCall was injured), is he eligible to play Spring of 2021? If so, how many games? 5) Payton started @ CCU until McCall came in and set the world on fire...his journey there is somewhat akin to Kaelan Riley’s at Mercer. 6) I’m almost sure Payton isn’t transferring to Mercer planning to back-up Riddle or change positions. He could have done either of those things @ CCU. 7) I’m sure Riddle is not planning to back-up anyone when he’s fully healed. He’s demonstrated an NFL-quality arm & accuracy, if not, always, NFL-quality decision-making (unless we put “Favre” on the back of his jersey). But, due to injuries, he’s still pretty ‘green.’ He also has NFL size and has demonstrated he can be a fleet & elusive (if not durable) runner with the ability to execute the zone-read option quite deftly. 8) So...can BOTH play (coexist)...and stay (assuming Riddle is healed)?
The good news is these are ‘FBS QB-type’ “problems.” Many FCS Teams would salivate to have just 1 QB even close to as good as either of these 2 have demonstrated they CAN be.
It’s gonna be fun to watch...and fun to see how either/both of them are deployed when the whole O is installed.
The Bears seem to have a problem at QB, consistent with all successful programs....it is called depth.
Yes and No...
From 2013-2016, Mercer had no depth issues @ QB because John Russ was talented, tougher than nails & (almost) unbreakable. I think he got his “bell rung” early in the game @ Marist - the only ‘bad’ game of his career, but other than that one he was MONEY every week for 4 years. No depth needed...no problem.
In 2017, Kaelan Riley started & finished all 11 games & was SoCon FR of the year. No depth needed...no problem
2018 - 2019 - this period is the “Yes” and “No” part - No because the Bears had an outstanding Starting QB in Robert Riddle & a more-than-capable award-winning back-up in Riley...but 1st Riddle & then Riley also got hurt...both years, I believe...and “Yes”...there was, then, definitely, a depth problem.
2020 - abbreviated ‘season’ - Riddle still out recovering from his 2019 injury & Riley was in the Transfer Portal...so, “Yes” depth @ QB was an issue...but it really was an exhibition season...so, how much did it matter...really?
2021 Spring ‘real’ season (if it happens)...who knows? QB depth could be GREAT or non-existent...with many variables determining which.
But, I understand your point, quality back-ups don’t want to ‘sit’ at all...so they transfer now...instead of ‘waiting their turn.’..thus...almost every Team has a QB depth problem...
I would have to think, IF there is any way Mercer can keep Riddle & Payton around for 2 (or 3) years, QB depth will not really be an issue...based on what I’ve seen from those 2 ability-wise.
Even if both of them were to be injured (as happened to the Bears in ‘18 & ‘19), I think Peavy (if he stays) has a lot of potential. And, we haven’t even seen Fromm (if he stays) on the field yet. He was definitely a WINNER, at a relatively high level of GA HS Football. But, yeah, recruiting, keeping, and developing QB’s is a very difficult challenge in college football in these times.