Around the NFC West: Kaepernick's time

Around the NFC West: Jan. 11, 2013

Gwen Knapp's profile on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands atop the list of recommended NFC West reads on this Friday morning.

Danny O'Neil's piece on Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider is up there, too -- complete with Richard Sherman's assessment of the roster.

Kaepernick stands out to me as a bit underplayed among storylines for the 49ers' divisional-round game against Green Bay on Saturday. I'm most interested in seeing how aggressively the 49ers use him. Yes, Kaepernick lacks experience, but he's also potentially dynamic. He's a weapon.

Knapp touches on some of the physical attributes that separate Kaepernick from most. She also uncovers some nuggets about Kaepernick off the field. Here is one of them:

"Going into his senior year at Pitman (High School), Kaepernick met with counselor Philip Sanchez, who told him that his course load and 4.3 weighted GPA easily met all of the NCAA requirements. So why not go easy, Sanchez suggested, as they looked at an open slot on his schedule? Protect that perfect 'A' record, and take a free period or work as a teacher's aide. It's what seniors do. 'He said, 'I don’t want a free period. What else is there?' Sanchez said. 'And there was a psychology class, so he took that.'"

The video atop this item features Kaepernick with ESPN's Colleen Dominguez.