• Ben Hall

Former Oakland Mills Star Quarterback David Pindell Given Opportunity by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After a lasting college career, quarterback David Pindell was signed to an undrafted free agent deal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The 6’0 quarterback is from Columbia, Maryland. Throughout Maryland, Pindell is thought highly of. He attended Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, Maryland. 

“It means a lot being able to represent the small town of Columbia because it’s not a huge place where players get recruited or a bunch of recognition and to be able to make it out with the road I took just proves anything is possible,” Pindell said.

As a senior at Oakland Mills, Pindell led the scorpions to a 9-2 season which was their first winning season in over a decade. Pindell through for 2,447 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was named 2014 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year. After his senior season, Pindell played in the Crab Bowl and the Big 33 Football Classic. 

After his senior year of high school, Pindell committed to South Carolina State. But soon after Pindell changed his commitment to Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Lackawanna is a junior college.

As a freshman at Lackawanna, Pindell did not play very much. In 4 games, Pindell had 4 completions for 88 yards and had one rushing touchdown. He took over as the starting quarterback for his sophomore year. In 11 games, he threw for 2,424 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also rushed for 459 yards and 8 touchdowns. 

“During my two years at JUCO it helped to become a better student athlete and carry on and be a much more successful college student before entering UConn,” Pindell said.

After an official visit to UConn following his sophomore season, Pindell committed to play for Coach Randy Edsall and the Huskies. 

Pindell shared the starting quarterback job with Bryant Shirreffs. In 4 starts, Pindell threw for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns. He rushed for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns.

As a senior, Pindell was the starting quarterback for the Huskies. Pindell threw for 1,962 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns. Following his senior season, he was named to First Team All-New England. This capped of his excellent UConn career. 

“UConn has helped me get to where I am today because of the staff and coaches there,” Pindell said. “Without them recruiting me from junior college I would never have the opportunity I have today.” 

Following the 2019 NFL Draft, Pindell was invited to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie camp. 

“The Buccaneers are a new organization and program for me and I’m just honored and blessed to be able to chase a dream and have an opportunity like this that most people don’t get,” Pindell said.

Although Pindell prefers playing quarterback, he has been trying out for the Buccaneers as a wide receiver. 

“My ultimate position that I would love to play and the only position I ever played is QB but they have me playing WR as of now,” Pindell said.

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