OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University's Zac Dysert will be an understudy to the legendary Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos when practice begins for the 2013 National Football League season.

Selected as the 234th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft (7th round), the RedHawk record-holder from Ada, Ohio will continue his football career in the Mile High City for Coach John Fox.

Hall of Famer John Elway, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Broncos tweeted, "We're thrilled that Zac Dysert was available for us to take. You can never have enough quarterbacks."

Dysert joins Bronco roster QBs Manning and Brock Osweiler. 

Other Denver draftees in 2013 include North Carolina's Sylvester Williams (DT, 1st round), Wisconsin's Montee Ball (RB, 2nd round), South Florida's Kayvon Webster (CB, 3rd round), Western Kentucky's Quanteras Smith (DE, 5th round), Georgia's Tavarres King (WR, 5th round)  and Virginia Tech's Vinston Painter (OT, 6th round).

Dysert threw for a career total of 12,013 from 2009-12 at Miami, breaking Ben Roethlisberger's previous school record of 10,829 yards. In 2012, Dysert had 3,483 passing yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He is one of just 82 quarterbacks in NCAA FBS to top the 10,000-yard mark, throwing for 812 more yards than Peyton Manning compiled at Tennessee. At Akron on Sept. 29, 2012, Dysert put up numbers that no other collegian had ever compiled, becoming the first NCAA FBS player to pass for 500 yards (516) and run for 100 yards (108) in a single game. Dysert’s six touchdown passes vs. Akron also set a Miami record. In Mid-American Conference career passing categories, Dysert ranks second in passing yardage (12,013) to all-time leader Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan (12,905) and ranks ninth in career TD passes (73).





QUARTERBACK ZAC DYSERT (Rd. 7, No. 234, Miami-Ohio)


 On his pre-draft meeting with the Broncos and team executives


“I went to visit there, and I met all the people around. I met Mr. [John] Elway; I met [Head] Coach [John] Fox; I met [Offensive Coordinator] Coach [Adam] Gase; [and quarterbacks] Coach [Greg] Knapp. I sat down with them, [and] I just got to know them a little bit. I watched some film with them, and it was just an awesome experience to be able to go out there and sit down with them and break down some film.”




On the opportunity to play with and learn from QB Peyton Manning


“I don’t think there could be any better spot, especially to learn under, besides Peyton. He’s always been somebody I’ve looked up to, just because of the way he has always played and the way he prepares and things like that. So, I’m ecstatic at this opportunity. I wouldn’t rather be any other place.”


 On his experience at this year’s Senior Bowl


“I had a great time down there. That was an awesome experience—a very unique experience [and] something I’m very thankful for and very blessed to be able to do. I thought the Senior Bowl was awesome. For me, I got to play with a lot of good guys [and] a lot of great players from across the country and got to be coached by an NFL coaching staff (Oakland Raiders). That kind of got you prepared for what you can expect wherever you go and whatever team you end up on. ”


On his recovery from a February injury


“I tore my hamstring February 11th, but that’s 100 percent now—nothing to worry about. I’ve been working out fully; I’ve been cleared any everything.”