VIDEO - Dilfer Searching for "Surgeons"
Coach Dilfer talks up the quarterbacks in Dallas.
Coach Dilfer talks up the quarterbacks in Dallas.
Field Reporter
Posted Apr 6, 2013


VALLEY RANCH-- Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer and his team of coaches are on the search for the top quarterbacks in the country for the 2014 class. Saturday's camp had some strong performances, but Dilfer has yet to extend an invite to the finals. He gives his take on the camp, including what it means to be "a surgeon, and not a butcher"...

The Elite 11 Quarterback "Campetition" kicked off Saturday at the Dallas Cowboys' Practice Facility in Valley Ranch.

Though some of the top talent in the area representing thirteen different states were out to impress, no quarterback received an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals quite yet.

After the camp, head coach Trent Dilfer, a former Super Bowl winning quarterback, said that though no invites were extended, the coaches "big board will have, off of the top of [his] head, ten to twelve guys on it from this group" and that "guys like Cornwell and Gibson will be on the top of the board."

Though a number of quarterbacks showed potential on Saturday, a few in particular caught Dilfer's eye, including David Cornwell, Quentin Gibson, Darrell Colbert, David Blough, Clay Holgorsen, Aaron Sharp, and Manny Wilkins.

"Manny Wilkins is a great football player. He had an average day, but he's a great football player. We've seen this happen before.

"People always say there are no excuses, but there are reasons sometimes and I think there are some real reasons why some guys didn't put their best foot forward today, but they will have other chances as the spring goes on," he said.

Many of the quarterbacks will compete in Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp, held in Allen, Texas, where they will have a chance to leave an impression on the staff.

More with Trent Dilfer below, including what he's looking for when selecting quarterbacks and exactly what it means to be a "surgeon, not a butcher."

For more from the 2013 Nike Football Training Camps, check Scout.com's Nike Football Training Camp Coverage.

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