Former Turlock High graduate and Fresno State Bulldog standout Tom Brandstater started as quarterback for the Denver Broncos Thursday night in the preseason finale against the defending NFC champion Arizona Cardinals.
Rookie Tom Brandstater, 6’5”, 223 lbs., and 6th round draft choice, started his first professional preseason game leading the Broncos to a 19-0 victory over the Cardinals.
In Denver’s first win of the preseason, Brandstater went 16 for 30, passing for 187 yards, and threw one interception in the 2nd quarter.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels spoke well of Brandstater before the game as far as how he knows the game, runs the huddle, and making the transition to being a professional football player.
Many players are still trying to prove themselves and make NFL teams.
After the game Brandstater addressed the media stating that he still hasn’t guaranteed a spot on the team and that he’s trying to do everything he can to make it.
Brandstater’s chances of making the team, and possibly seeing regular season action, has improved since the Denver Broncos’ top two quarterbacks are injured.
The NFL requires all teams to reduce their rosters to 53 players and submit that list by 2:00pm Eastern Time Saturday afternoon.
The Denver Broncos’ regular season opener is on September 13th against the Cincinnati
Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.