The old cliche is “luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
It also sums up how Trevor Siemian ended up with the Denver Broncos after a forgettable career at Northwestern.
Head coach Gary Kubiak was watching Northwestern play Notre Dame when he saw Siemian go 30-48 for 284 yards with 2 interceptions and a touchdown, and lead a ferocious comeback win. He then told quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp to “do some homework on this kid,” according to the MMQB’s Kalyn Kahler.
That led to the Broncos selecting him in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. Again, in limited time he had some bright spots that reaffirmed Denver’s belief in him. He directed drives late for touchdowns in the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans, the latter was a game winner.
“It gave us the sense that this kid has got something to him,” Knapp told Kahler. “He didn’t have a whole lot of reps, he was in a brand new offense that he had to learn a lot of in the classroom, and he still performed at a high level.”
He was never a full-time starter in college, and the Broncos signed Mark Sanchez to start this season. But he kept working, the only quarterback on the roster that was with the team last season, and took advantage of an honest shot at the job.