Well, one could (and many on this board DID) argue that the Seahawks last year, on the cusp of being a playoff team, wouldn't trust their STARTING QB position to a rookie. People are PAID to make these decisions, and sometimes those decisions fly in the face of us message board GM's. Look, I'm not saying it's likely, I'm just saying if you watched any WVU/Pat White games you realize how similar WVU's offense was to our CURRENT offense (ZR Option) and the success Pat White had in it. It wouldn't cost us a draft pick to bring him in for a look/evaluation.
Back to his apparent lack of toughness. You can't say the kid is AFRAID of taking a hit. During the play in question (Ike Taylor hit), instead of running out of bounds, he put his head down to try and get the first down. Result was not pretty. We all know you can't do that in the NFL as a QB. (I hope Pat White learned it on that play.) If you're going to be a running/mobile QB in the NFL, you HAVE to avoid the big hit, even if that means sliding a few yards early or getting out of bounds before the sticks. Nobody will question your toughness, they will applaud your intelligence, and your coaches won't have an acute heart attack every time you tuck the ball and run.
Here's a little clip of Pat's physicality in college. The kid ain't soft, it shows his "spur of the moment" commitment to his team, and reminds me of a certain QB on our roster who makes the extra block for his teammates.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk7GBdohIYU
I like the analogy, PE. But Brock got a chance to play in a similar system (in the NFL) to the one he ran in college. Pat White was asked to run the Wildcat in the NFL, which is rather different than a true ZR option. And we've all seen the Wild Cat die with Tony Sporano's coaching career and Tim Tebow's Jets tenure. Like this article says, the ZR option is the current offensive "arms race" and has NFL defensive coordinators flocking to the college level to figure out how to stop it. QBs with this skill-set are a hot stock. If he has a good "pro day", I'd bet that Pat White gets another shot in the NFL.