Typically a prize pupil, Wichita Wild quarterback Dixie Wooten gave himself an unusually low grade for his play in the team's game last week.
"I'd say my effort was a C-minus," he said.
The evaluation was fair, given that he threw two interceptions, lost a fumble and threw for just 145 yards — key factors in the Wild's 43-34 loss to talented Sioux Falls in Hartman Arena.
That wasn't all.
Making matters worse for Wooten, who has largely earned straight As since arriving in Wichita late last season, was the fact that he was sacked four times, and he injured the thumb on his throwing hand.
The only positive was that the dog didn't eat his homework.
"I feel I could have played 100-percent better," Wooten said. "I could have helped my receivers get open a lot more, threw the ball better in certain situations."
Wooten, who missed some practice time this week because of the sprained thumb, will have an opportunity to return to form tonight when the Wild (1-1) plays host to the Colorado Ice (0-2) in an Indoor Football League game.
One of the Wooten's interceptions against Sioux Falls came when a receiver ran the wrong route and broke behind a defensive back, coach Ken Matous said. Wooten offered no excuses for pick No. 2.
"It was just a bad throw," he admitted.
Wooten hasn't yet reached the level of last season, when he solved the team's QB problems and led the Wild to the conference championship game.
Still, Matous is far from worried. He said that Wooten is typically a slow starter, and that his protection has been lacking.
"I don't think Dixie is where he needs to be, but I don't think any of the guys are," Matous said. "But we're chugging along.
"Our offensive line just hasn't played as well as it did last year. We're making some adjustments there technique-wise. We'll get better or I'll find some new people."
Notes — Wild receiver Clinton Solomon is second in the IHL in receptions with 17. Darius Fudge leads in rushing TDs with five.... Former Colorado RB Bobby Purify is a rushing threat for the Ice, which is averaging 48 points.... The Wild doesn't have a sack yet but leads the league in rushing defense.