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Washburn's Dane Simoneau Still Waiting For NFL Opportunity

Dane Simoneau wants to play in the NFL, but has to find the right team that believes the Division II quarterback can make the adjustment.

Dane Simoneau wants to be an NFL quarterback, but his background as a four-year starter with Division II Washburn seems to be holding him back a bit. Simoneau threw for 4,089 yards and 38 touchdowns last season, but is still on the outside looking in on the NFL picture.

Simoneau says he's surprised that he hasn't gotten opportunity and he would love to be on the field playing rather than coaching for Washburn as a graduate assistant.

Washburn head coach Craig Schurig said he got positive feedback from NFL teams, all of which elected to go in different directions at quarterback. And we're talking about reserve quarterback spots. Here's what Schurig told the Topeka Capital-Journal:

"With quarterbacks from Division II, it's hard to see if they can make that jump. In our eyes, Dane can't do any better than he did at this level and we want to see if he can go to the next level. Hopefully someone sees it that way. We just don't have a strong pull with any team, and that's the frustrating part.''

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