Dan LeFevour

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Dan LeFevour
No. 13     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-19) March 19, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Downers Grove, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Central Michigan University
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 181
Debuted in 2012 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Passing yards 394
TD-INT 1-2
Passer rating 74.3
Stats at CFL.ca

Dan LeFevour (born March 19, 1987) is an American football quarterback currently playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Central Michigan University. Known as a dual-threat quarterback, LeFevour had the most total touchdowns in NCAA history until being surpassed by Case Keenum in 2011.[1][2]

He has also been a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early years[edit]

LeFevour graduated from Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois in 2005. He started his high school career as the freshman team running back. Due to injuries at quarterback on the freshman team Dan stepped up in the final game and led the team successfully as their signal caller. After success at quarterback, he joined the varsity team his sophomore year. LeFevour became the full-time starting quarterback midseason. He continued on to start both his junior and senior years and was named the Offensive Player of the Year during his senior campaign. During his career at Benet, he threw for 2,929 yards (3rd most in school history), and completed 173 passes, 24 for touchdowns. His senior season, LeFevour passed for 945 yards and 7 touchdowns while compiling 634 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. LeFevour broke the all-time touchdown record for Benet with 54 scores in his career. He was named to the ESCC All-Conference team his senior year, and was also recognized as honorable mention all-state.[3]

On February 4, 2011 Dan had his number 11 jersey retired at Benet, becoming the first football player to have that honor.[4]

College career[edit]

LeFevour led Central Michigan University to three Mid-American Conference championships in his four years and finished in the Top 25 in the nation in the final January 2010 AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll from the 2009–10 season. [5] As a freshman and sophomore he led CMU to a bowl victory and a last second bowl loss in two Motor City Bowl games, drawing record crowds of 54,113 and 60,624 fans in December of 2006 and 2007. He was named the bowl game's MVP as a redshirt freshman. Dan was one of 35 players named to the Manning Award Watch List in August 2007.[6] He was named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks in October 2007,[7] and again in the second week of November.[8] LeFevour also garnered USA Today's Player of the Week for the week of October 16, 2007.[9] On December 1, 2007 LeFevour became the second player in Division I FBS history to pass for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season (Vince Young was the first). On September 12, 2009 at Michigan State, LeFevour passed Byron Leftwich to take over as the MAC all-time leader in total offense in a career. He currently holds Mid American Conference records for career completions, attempts, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total touchdowns, and total offensive yards. LeFevour is the only player in NCAA history with over 12,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards and currently sits 2nd all time in total offensive yards. He was responsible for 150 total touchdowns, placing him in second place among FBS quarterbacks.[10]

Statistics[edit]

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Passing[edit]

Year Games Completions Attempts Comp % Yards TDs Interception QB Rating
2006 14 247 388 63.7 3,031 26 10 146.2
2007 14 355 543 65.4 3,652 27 13 133.5
2008 11 251 376 66.8 2,784 21 6 144.2
2009 14 318 456 69.7 3,438 28 7 150.3
Career 53 1,171 1,763 66.4% 12,905 102 36 142.9

Rushing[edit]

Year Games Rushes Yards Average Touchdowns
2006 14 123 521 4.0 7
2007 14 188 1,122 6.0 19
2008 11 168 592 3.5 6
2009 14 183 713 3.9 15
Career 53 671 2,948 4.4 47

Receiving[edit]

Year Games Receptions Yards Average Touchdowns
2006 14 1 2 2.0 0
2007 14 1 32 32.0 1
2008 11 0 0 0 0
2009 14 1 24 24.0 0
Career 53 3 58 19.3 1

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Bears[edit]

LeFevour was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He struggled through the 2010 preseason, completing 19 of 41 passes (46.3%), with 204 pass yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 6 sacks, and 38 rushing yards. Chicago signed veteran Todd Collins to be the 3rd string quarterback, and waived LeFevour after the 2010 preseason in hopes of placing him on the practice squad.[12]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

LeFevour was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals the next day, and spent the 2010 season as the third string quarterback, but did not see any action. He was waived on September 4, 2011, but was signed to the practice squad the next day. On September 6, he was released from the practice squad in favor of quarterback Zac Robinson, formerly of the Detroit Lions.[13]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

LeFevour was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad on November 8, 2011.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On November 25, 2011, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed LeFevour off of the Colts' practice squad. He was released on May 7, 2012.[14]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On June 4, 2012, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League signed LeFevour as a free agent.[15] LeFevour dressed for all 18 games of the 2012 CFL season with the Ticats as the third-string quarterback, but did not receive any playing time.

Prior to the 2013 CFL season, LeFevour competed against Brian Brohm and Jeremiah Masoli, both from the now-inactive United Football League, for the backup quarterback position. He played a prominent role in both preseason games, completing 17 of 29 passing attempts for 229 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions, and secured the second-string position (Masoli took third string and Brohm was placed on injured reserve). After starter Henry Burris had a mediocre start of the season, LeFevour saw his first CFL regular-season game action in week 6 of the 2013 season, playing spot duty mostly in short-yardage situations where Burris was having particular difficulty and LeFevour's running and scrambling skills were put to use. LeFevour's efforts helped the Tiger-Cats win that game, 30-29 over the Edmonton Eskimos.

LeFevour began the 2014 season demoted to third on the depth chart; although Burris left for the Ottawa Redblacks and Brohm was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the team signed Zach Collaros during the offseason as Burris's replacement and promoted Masoli to second string. After both Collaros and Masoli proved to be ineffective during the first three games (all losses) of the season (and Collaros sustained an injury), LeFevour was promoted to starting quarterback. On July 26, 2014, LeFevour made his first CFL start, against the Ottawa Redblacks at a game played at Ron Joyce Stadium.[16] He led Hamilton to a 33-23 win, throwing for 361 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 109 yards and another touchdown.[17]

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • 2006 MAC Freshman of the Year
  • 2006 All-MAC first team selection
  • 2006 Honorable mention Freshman All-American by Sporting News
  • 2006 Academic All-MAC honoree
  • 2006 Motor City Bowl MVP
  • 2007 USA Today Player of the Week
  • 2007 MAC Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2007 MAC Championship Game MVP
  • 2007 All-MAC first team selection
  • 2008 All-MAC second team selection
  • 2009 MAC Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2009 All-MAC first team selection
  • 2009 MVP of the MAC Championship Game
  • 2010 GMAC Bowl MVP
  • 2010 Senior Bowl North team most outstanding player
  • 2010 set the NCAA record for most total touchdowns by a Quarterback. 150. (102 passing, 47 rushing, 1 receiving)
  • Most TDs in a Career - 150 - Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, 2006-2009
  • Most Points Responsible For, Career - 910 - Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, 2006–2009

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AP Photo (2009-12-05). "Dan LeFevour sets NCAA TD record as Central Michigan beats Ohio in MAC title game". MLive.com. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour sets NCAA mark with 147th TD - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-12-05. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Dan LeFevour - CMUChippewas.com—Official Web Site of Central Michigan University Athletics". Cmuchippewas.com. 1987-03-19. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  4. ^ Peterson, Patti (February 7, 2011). "Benet Retires Dan LeFevour's Football Jersey". Benet Academy. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/year/2009
  6. ^ "Scout.com: LeFevour Named to Manning Award Watch List". Centralmichigan.scout.com. 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Scout.com: Gordy, LeFevour Earn MAC West Honors". Centralmichigan.scout.com. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  8. ^ "LeFevour, Aguila Named MAC West Players of the Week - CMUChippewas.com—Official Web Site of Central Michigan University Athletics". Cmuchippewas.com. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  9. ^ "LeFevour takes home Player of Week award". Usatoday.Com. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  10. ^ "A Case for the Heisman". uhcougars.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  11. ^ "Dan LeFevour Stats". espn.com. 
  12. ^ Hugh Bernreuter (2010-08-24). "Dan LeFevour's struggles lead to Chicago Bears' signing of Todd Collins". Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  13. ^ Joe Reedy (2011-09-06). "Murray takes open roster spot, LeFevour gone from practice squad". Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  14. ^ "Jaguars sign seven". jaguars.com. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ticats Transactions: June 4". 
  16. ^ Koshan, Terry (24 July 2014). "Tiger-Cats will start Dan LeFevour at quarterback against RedBlacks". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (27 July 2014). "Dan LeFevour turns in a dazzling dual-threat night as Ticats beat Redblacks 33-23 at Ron Joyce". Yahoo! Sports Canada. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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