A conversation with Colin Kaepernick 

July, 22, 2009

As I've written a handful of times this offseason, I'm a big believer in Colin Kaepernick, Nevada's junior quarterback. Last season, the 6-foot-6 QB not only ran for over 1,000 yards but he had a 22:7 touchdown to interception ratio. Not bad for a guy who only had one scholarship offer coming out of high school. Kaepernick is a spectacular athlete. Last month, he was called in the 43rd round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. This fall, he and the Wolf Pack [a team with three 1,000-yard rushers] will open their season at Notre Dame, and will be on national TV a lot. Last week, I had a chance to catch up with Kaepernick.

How surprised were you when you found out the Chicago Cubs had selected you in the MLB Draft last month?

Kaepernick: I was very surprised. My brother called and told me. I thought he was joking but then our media guy called and let me know. The Cubs called later that day. They said they wanted me to come and pitch this summer. Throw some bullpen to see where I'm at compared to high school, but we didn't take them up on that.

When was the last time you threw a baseball?

Kaepernick: The section title game of my senior year of high school.

To read more of Bruce's interview with Kaepernick, including his thoughts on opening the season against Notre Dame, in addition to some more observations from the Elite 11 QB camp where Bruce currently is, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider