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    Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    Greg Middleton, John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    Posted by Mike Florio on March 19, 2010 2:41 PM ET

    When an incoming football player scores in the teens on the Wonderlic exam, a 50-question intelligence test, eyebrows usually are raised a bit.

    When a guy gets in the single digits, it's time for a shirtless Tequila party.

    This year, Indiana defensive end Greg Middleton managed a decidedly un-Big 10 performance with only a six on the test, according to a league source. Not far ahead of Middleton was offensive lineman John Jerry of Mississippi, who got 41 wrong, nine right.

    Four years ago, quarterback Vince Young scored a six on the test. The number later was adjusted to a seven; the next day, he used a Mulligan to push the number into the teens.

    Barely missing out on a less-then-10 score this year were Oregon tight end Ed Dickson (10), Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman (11), and, we've confirmed, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller (10) and Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn (11).

    We're told that the low man on the quarterback totem pole was West Virginia's Jarrett Brown, with a 15. That's still two points higher than Dan Marino scored 27 years ago, when he matched his jersey number with a 13.

    The correlation between the Wonderlic results and on-field performance remains debatable, since there are no pencils on a football field (with the exception of the one Mike Tice keeps behind his ear).

    We also think that some scouts and coaches would be just as troubled by a really high score as they would be by a really low one. And that mindset could hurt Minnesota receiver Eric Decker, who we've confirmed answered 43 of the 50 questions correctly.


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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    Always seems like Mississippi or Mississippi State is well represented in the dunce award.

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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblin` Ram View Post
    This year, Indiana defensive end Greg Middleton managed a decidedly un-Big 10 performance with only a six on the test, according to a league source.
    I thought it was a multiple choice test. If it is and it has four choices for each answer then you have to be a special type of dumb to get lower then 10. Heck you should have a 25% chance if you guessed on every answer. A guess on everyone should net near 12 (25% of 50= 12.5).

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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    Can somebody post examples of questions on that test? I am just wondering as the difficulty of the test? Is it like a normal IQ test or like an easy athlete test.

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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    Quote Originally Posted by thermobee View Post
    Can somebody post examples of questions on that test? I am just wondering as the difficulty of the test? Is it like a normal IQ test or like an easy athlete test.
    abbreviated tests are on the internet. Not a difficult search.

    There are different types of Wonderlic tests. Some are really difficult. For the samples I've seen, not all answers are multiple choice. From what I've read, on the NFL test a 7 is considered literate.

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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    We also think that some scouts and coaches would be just as troubled by a really high score as they would be by a really low one. And that mindset could hurt Minnesota receiver Eric Decker, who we've confirmed answered 43 of the 50 questions correctly.
    Hmm. Not sure I understand the rationale here.

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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    In a related story, Mike Florio received a D- in his 10th grade journalism class.

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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    In a related story, Mike Florio received a D- in his 10th grade journalism class.
    And that's only because it was graded on a curve with Miklasz, McShay,and Kiper among the students.

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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    I actually did not even realize it until I looked up the test, but I just did one for a job interview. I scored a 43 and I consider myself and intelligent person, therefore a football player anywhere in the 20s should be more than happy with. Considering their wholes lives they have stressed working out and not as much school related work.

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    Re: Greg Middleton,John Jerry get the Wonderlic dunce caps

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsSB99 View Post
    I thought it was a multiple choice test. If it is and it has four choices for each answer then you have to be a special type of dumb to get lower then 10. Heck you should have a 25% chance if you guessed on every answer. A guess on everyone should net near 12 (25% of 50= 12.5).

    I think the big problem is usually time. The questions on the ones I've seen are not difficult, but it can be easy to get sucked into spending too much time on them.

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