Bruce Gradkowki vs. Jason Campbell: Inside the Two Raider QBs in Competition

With now an apparent quarterback controversy in Oakland (what else is new,) it's hard to tell if the Raiders are in a Catch-22 (damned if you do, damned if you don't) type of situation or if this newly born competition will spark a fire under the butts of Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell. Let's look at the resume of the prospects.

After redshirting in 2001 at Toledo, Gradkowski saw action only as the holder on the special teams unit the following season. In 2003, he became the starting quarterback as a sophomore. Gradkowski set a conference season record by completing 71.2% of his passes. He threw for 3,210 yards, with a school season record of 29 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.He proved he could scramble by rushing for 504 yards and a score on 91 carries (5.5 avg). In 2004, Gradkowski passed for 3518 yards with 27 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He was named MVP of the 2004 GMAC bowl.

Jason Campbell went on to play college at Auburn. As a starter he had a different offensive coordinator every year (a theme that has plagued his entire football career.) He would find success in his senior year when he led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 2004 and was named  SEC Player of the Year. Campbell also was named MVP of the SEC Championship game. Campbell held the record for the longest touchdown completion in Auburn football history with an 87 yard pass (the record was broken in 2009 with Chris Todd's 93 yard completion.)


With the 194th pick in sixth round of the 2006 draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Bruce Gradkowski. Five weeks into the season, Gradkowski became the starter due to injury to Chris Simms. He started off and on for the Bucs the next two seasons, going 3-8. He was waived by Tampa in 2008. He would then make stops in St. Louis and Cleveland before making his was to Oakland, in which he has gone 7-3 with seven touchdowns to his three picks.

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