According to various reports, former Southern Illinois quarterback Mark Iannotti has received an invitation to workout for the Chicago Bears. Iannotti is a two-year starter for the Salukis that put up a career passer rating of 142.4 while throwing for 46 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He originally spent three years at Eastern Michigan after redshirting in 2011.
Agent David Schuman states, “Mark is one of those once in a lifetime kids, who can play the game and understands inside and out. He’s an academic all-american, so he is athletic and smart.”
Pretty bold statement, we’ll all see if he can transition his game to the pros but preliminary indications suggest that’s likely to happen. Iannotti excelled on the football field and in the classroom at Southern earning several honors for each including First-team All-MVFC (Missouri Valley Football Conference) and First-team Academic All-District.
Quarterback guru Jeff Christensen has been working with Iannotti for “the past few months,” he’s known for playing a huge role in the development of fourth round pick Kirk Cousins. Iannotti has already drastically improved the quickness of his release according to the reports.
AT 6’2″ AND 220 POUNDS IANNOTTI HAS THE SIZE NFL TEAMS LOOK FOR. HE IS A TREMENDOUS LEADER WHO PRIDES HIMSELF ON HIS CONSISTENCY AND ACCURACY WITH THE FOOTBALL.IANNOTTIHAS BEEN KNOWN FOR BEING A STUDENT OF THE GAME WITH A BRILLIANT FOOTBALL MIND. AFTER RUNNING A 4.87 AT HIS PRO DAY, IANNOTTI ALSO SHOWED SCOUTS THAT HE HAS TO ATHLETIC ABILITY TO ESCAPE THE POCKET AND KEEP PLAYS ALIVE.
His athleticism could lead to contributions on special teams according to Fox News, that isn’t very common for quarterbacks but they said it.
IANNOTTI IS A VERY DEDICATED DEVELOPMENTAL PLAYER WHO LISTS HIS STUDY HABITS, CHARACTER AND TOUGHNESS AMONG HIS MANY STRENGTHS. TO GO ALONG WITH HIS SKILLS AS A QUARTERBACK IANNOTTIALSO HAS EXPERIENCE HOLDING FOR FIELD GOALS AND COULD CONTRIBUTE RIGHT AWAY ON SPECIAL TEAMS.
Hopefully Iannotti can impress the scouts and become an option. A serious look at his athleticism at the quarterback position could be a further indication that the Chicago Bears don’t expect to draft one in the first round, or he’s simply auditioning to become the next David Fales. In any case, it sounds like Pace thinks he might be able to help the team.