Paris Bruner rated Vladmir Rock's 41-yard pass to him at "10," but would RGIII, Cam Newton or Michael Vick have thrown it better? Odds say yes./Photo by Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News
Cam. RGIII. Vick. Vlad.
Vlad? If only he was taller.
Junior receiver Vladmir Rock was the hit of Mercyhurst’s 38-23 PSAC West win last week against Slippery Rock for completing a 41-yard pass to Paris Bruner on a trick play.
“I give it a 10,” said Bruner, a senior. “It was a good throw. He made me looked good.”
Rock, who is listed as 5 feet, 8 inches, has told teammates he’d be right up there with Cam Newton, Michael Vick or Robert Griffin III if he was 6 feet, 4 inches tall.
“Vlad always says the same thing to me,” Mercyhurst junior quarterback Anthony Vendemia said. “If he was 6-4, no one would have heard of Cam Newton, Mike Vick or Robert Griffin III. He said, ‘If I was 6-4, no one would have ever heard of them.’ It’s my favorite line he’s ever said.”
From Coconut Creek, Fla., Rock hadn’t thrown a pass at Mercyhurst before last week’s heave that lead to a touchdown that put the Lakers up 21-0 in the first quarter.
“If I was 6-4, I’d be making millions,” Rock said. “Everybody would be saying Vlad Rock.”
Vendemia gave the pass high marks, too.
“If you really look on film, it was perfectly faded toward the sideline,” Vendemia said. “If he would have put it out in front a little bit, maybe he could have got under it and ran for a touchdown, but it did look very nice.”
Got a hunch it would have looked nicer if Newton, Vick or Griffin III had thrown the pass.