|Date of birth:June 2, 1989|
|Place of birth: San Angelo, Texas|
|Undrafted in 2012|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
Career highlights and awards
Calen Jarrett Lee (born June 2, 1989) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Lee attended Louisiana State University where he was the starting quarterback for eight games in 2008, one game in 2009, and nine games in 2011. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers on April 29, 2012, but was waived on August 31, 2012.
High school career
Lee started his high school career at Brownwood High School in Brownwood, Texas, where he completed 98 of 168 passes for 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns operating out of a one-back offense. He also rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns.
Prior to his junior season, Lee transferred to Brenham High School as his father, Stephen, took a job on the staff as the wide receiver coach. Lee holds every major season and career passing record in Brenham football history. He finished with 6,182 career passing yards and 78 total touchdowns, more than doubling the previous record of 2,217 yards by Chip Matejowsky from 1985 through 1987. His 72 career touchdown passes eclipsed Charles Proske's next-best 28, and he is first and second for Brenham's single-season completion, attempt, touchdown and passing yardage records.
Most recruiting experts considered Lee one of the top 3 quarterback prospects in Texas, besides Ryan Mallett of Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas, and Brock Mansion of Episcopal School of Dallas. Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming compared Lee to former Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar. Lee had more than 30 scholarship offers from Division I schools, and chose LSU over Nebraska, Kansas State, Oklahoma and others on May 30, 2006.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Brenham, Texas||Brenham High School||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||192 lb (87 kg)||4.68||May 30, 2006|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 81|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 15 (QB) Rivals: 7 (QB), 25 (TX) ESPN: 60, 10 (QB)|
For the 2008 season, junior Ryan Perrilloux was projected to be the starting quarterback for LSU, but he was dismissed from the team for breaking team rules. Andrew Hatch started the first three games as quarterback, but was injured in the third game (Auburn). Beginning with the fourth game (Mississippi State), Lee started eight games as quarterback, compiling a 4-4 record. Three of the losses came against teams that were ranked #1 at some point during the year. Against Troy University, Lee and Jordan Jefferson led the largest comeback in LSU history taking an LSU team that trailed 31 to 3 in the 3rd quarter and scoring 37 unanswered points. An ankle injury ended Jarrett's season against Ole Miss, accounting for his fourth loss of the season. For the season, Lee threw an NCAA leading 7 interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. However, as one of only three freshman quarterbacks who have started more than six games for LSU, Lee put together one of the most prolific seasons for a freshman quarterback in LSU history, throwing for 1,873 yards and 14 touchdowns, second behind true freshman Tommy Hodson for yards and touchdowns.
In his only start of the 2009 season, Lee completed 7 of 22 (32%) passes in a homecoming game win against Louisiana Tech, a member of the Western Athletic Conference. For the season, he completed 16 of 40 (40%) passes for 197 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Although LSU's national rank in passing offense dropped from 71st in 2008 to 97th in 2009, LSU's national rank in interceptions thrown improved dramatically from 107th in 2008 to 20th in 2009, and LSU had a more successful season.
LSU enjoyed an 11-2 season. Although Lee did not start any games, he was called on to lead game winning drives against Tennessee, Florida, and Auburn. He drove LSU down to the 2 yard line against Tennessee, threw a game winning TD pass against Florida, but failed against Auburn. Against Alabama, he completed a critical 3rd down pass. For the season, Lee completed 54 of 89 (61%) passes for 573 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. After the conclusion of his junior season, Lee had appeared in 30 career games, and he had passed for 2,643 yards and 18 touchdowns. Although LSU's national rank in passing was 107th, LSU's national rank in rushing was 28th.
Lee began the 2011 season as the starting quarterback because Jordan Jefferson was suspended for the first four games of the season. In the season opener against #3 Oregon, Lee led LSU to a 40–27 victory although completing only 10 of 22 (45%) passes for less than 100 yards. Lee went on to lead the team to a 49–3 victory over Northwestern State, a 19–6 victory over Mississippi State, and a 47–21 victory over West Virginia before Jefferson was reinstated to the team. Lee continued to start, and win, for several more games, and fans were impressed with Lee's steady performance and leadership of the team. Lee had the second longest streak of consecutive passes thrown without an interception among all LSU quarterbacks, lasting from the fifth game in the 2010 season to the third game in the 2011 season.
Despite Lee's commendable performance for most of the season, Lee was pulled for his poor performance in the November game against Alabama. Lee finished the game 3 of 7 (43%) for 24 yards with 2 interceptions and a passer rating of 14.5. Lee was 2 of 2 for 19 yards when Jefferson was briefly substituted for Lee to pick up a third and one on the fifth play of the game. Following a Lee interception which led to a blocked Alabama field goal attempt, Jefferson came in for Lee again, played the rest of the first half, and started the second half. Lee was given another chance in the second half but immediately threw his second interception of the game which led to an Alabama field goal
Following the Alabama game, the two quarterbacks were expected to rotate going forward; however, Lee saw very little playing time. Although Jefferson had a perfect passing game against Ole Miss, the second most passing yards of the season in the game against Arkansas, and LSU gained its most yardage and yards per play in the three games that Jefferson started as QB, the decision to give the starting role back to Jordan Jefferson was not without some controversy, and was questioned by some media and fans throughout the rest of the season.
In the SEC championship game LSU's offense was struggling especially Jordan Jefferson. Jefferson was 5-13 for 30 yards passing with one touchdown. A passer rating of 8.1. This was LSU's lowest passing yards and quarterback rating all season up to this point. LSU had eight straight three and outs on offense. To the pure shock of most LSU fans Les Miles refused to play Jarrett Lee.
This criticism reached a peak after the loss to Alabama in the National Championship game, where Lee did not enter the game despite a poor performance by Jefferson. LSU finished the game as the only team in BCS championship history to not score a point. This caused heated exchanges from some fans and media, with the sharpest public criticism coming from Bobby Hebert in a post-game outburst where he demanded to know why Miles did not put Lee into the game. Most people believe that Bobby Hebert’s embarrassing tantrum was motivated by the fact that Bobby Hebert’s son, T-Bob, did not play in the game. Many fans believe that Lee would not have made a difference in the outcome of the game because Lee had a poor history against Alabama. In his four games against Alabama, Lee had completed less than 42% of his passes with 7 interceptions, only 1 TD, and a passer rating of 68.7.
Lee finished the 2011 season with a passer rating of 152.0. He did not qualify to be the highest rated SEC QB, and there were several other non-qualifying SEC QBs with a higher passer rating. Lee was selected by ESPN as the All-SEC senior team quarterback.
A week after the BCS title game, Lee was invited to play in The Casino Del Sol All Star Game in Tucson. In the game, Lee finished 13 of 18 for 176 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Lee played his second All-Star game in less than 1 week in The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. In that game, Lee completed 2 of 6 passes for 36 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Thomas.
College career statistics
San Diego Chargers
Lee went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, but on April 29, 2012, Lee signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers. Lee saw his first NFL preseason action in a game against the Green Bay Packers. He came in with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter and played the rest of the game. Lee was 15 of 22 (68%) for 235 yards, a TD, and an interception. Lee was less successful in his second pre-season game against the Minnesota Vikings. He came in late in the third quarter after most of the starters had left the game and was 5 of 12 (42%) for 81 yards. On the positive side, Lee led a 9-play, 53-yard final drive going 3 of 3 for 43 yards (not including a -6 yard sack), setting up the Chargers to kick the game winning field goal with :04 left on the clock. Lee's final preseason game came against the San Francisco 49ers. He was 4 of 13 (31%) for 26 yards and a passer rating of 40.2. In his four preseason games, Lee was 24 of 47 (51.1%) for 342 yards and a passer rating of 73.2. Lee was waived by the Chargers on August 31, 2012.
British Columbia Lions
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