Former BSU star and ex-49er Nate Davis claims he's signing with the Indianapolis Colts.
Davis was a huge star at Ball State. The big armed quarterback lost his backup job with San Fransisco last year, in part because he's rumored to have discipline issues.
Davis played well against the Colts in the preseason, but was a cut day casualty before landing on the 49ers practice squad.
Davis will be competing for the backup quarterback job with Curtis Painter. Painter, a Purdue product, has become unpopular with Colts fans who remember his miserable performance against the Jets in week 16 of the 2009 season. Painter kept his backup job last year, but will have to elevate his play to keep the job going into 2011.
This is a great move for the Colts. Davis has all the physical tools necessary to become an NFL starter. If the tutelage of Manning can help him overcome the maturity issues that have retarded his progress, he could become a diamond in the rough. However, if his pattern of partying harder than he prepares continues, he'll be back on the scrap heap before week 1.
Thanks to 18to88.com reader Brian for the tip.