Although Commish Roger Goodell didn’t call out his name in April’s NFL Draft, quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero ‘11.5 kept working and was rewarded with a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Newhall-Caballero worked out for the Silver and Black this weekend; his signing was officially announced Tuesday in a press release from the club.
This past fall, Newhall-Caballero was named to the All-Ivy Second Team after throwing for over 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns. He only played two games in 2010 due to a broken wrist, but the year before, Newhall-Caballero earned First Team All-Ivy honors and ranked second in all of college football with 25.9 completions per game.
He is the fourth quarterback on the Oakland roster behind starter Carson Palmer and high-profile backups in former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor, who left Ohio State amid a scandal in 2011. But despite the current name recognition at the position already, head coach Dennis Allen said in an interview with Comcast Sports Net that Newhall-Caballero’s signing wasn’t “for charity” and that the team brings in “guys that we think have a chance to compete and have a chance to be decent football players.” Allen went on to describe Newhall-Caballero as “smart,” “athletic,” and having a “strong arm.”
Here’s a tip of the hat to Kyle for all the hard work he put in as a Bear that earned him this opportunity. Be sure to follow @BDH_Sports on Twitter to keep up with Kyle’s progress through OTA’s, minicamps, preseason, and beyond. You won’t want to miss watching them try to fit all 17 characters of his name on the back of his jersey… or if he’ll meet this guy.