Kevin O'Connell (American football)
O'Connell with the Patriots in 2008.
|Date of birth:May 25, 1985|
|Place of birth: Knoxville, Tennessee|
|College: San Diego State|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 94|
|Debuted in 2008 for the New England Patriots|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2011
Kevin William O'Connell (born May 25, 1985) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent and is serving as an analyst for college football games on ESPN3. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Diego State.
The son of a former FBI agent, O'Connell spent his childhood years in Carlsbad, California, where he attended La Costa Canyon High School. At La Costa Canyon, O'Connell lettered in both football and basketball. In football, as a junior, he passed for 980 yards and seven touchdowns. As a senior, he was named his Team's Most Valuable Player, and selected to All-League, All-North County, and All-San Diego teams. In basketball, he was a two-year letterman, and a teammate of Arizona standout Chase Budinger. O'Connell graduated from La Costa Canyon in 2003.
O'Connell graduated from San Diego State University in December 2007 with a degree in political science. At SDSU, where he was a four-year team captain, he started 21 games, the sixth-most among SDSU quarterbacks, and ranked first in school history in career rushing yards and second in career rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks; in 2007 he led the team in rushing yards. Passing, he ranked tenth in yardage, eighth in attempts, and seventh in completions.
O'Connell played in both the 2008 Hula Bowl and the 2008 East-West Shrine Game. He was the Kai team quarterback in the 2008 Hula Bowl, where he led the offense and was one of the Kai team's only bright spots. He was 11-of-21 for 147 yards, and completed the pass which resulted in the Kai's only score of the game.
Just prior to being drafted, San Diego sports writer Nick Canepa described O'Connell as having:
|“||all the equipment needed to fit in the modern NFL quarterback toolbox. He's 6-feet-6 and weighs 235 pounds. As Don Coryell often said, 'he runs like a deer.' He has plenty of arm. He's smart. He comes from a great background. He has a wonderful personality. He's a leader.||”|
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots selected O'Connell with their third pick (94th overall) of the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft O'Connell rushed for a touchdown in the 2008 preseason against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter, in a game the Patriots eventually lost 19-14. He made his NFL debut on September 21, 2008 in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins, throwing his first four career passes and completing three.
O'Connell was waived by the Patriots on August 30, 2009, two days after a preseason game in which starting quarterback Tom Brady was injured, and, in the second half, O'Connell threw two interceptions and only threw 3 completions on 10 attempts. The Patriots gave no explanation for releasing O'Connell, who was in competition with veteran quarterback Andrew Walter, signed after his release from the Oakland Raiders, and undrafted free agent rookie Brian Hoyer of Michigan State.
O'Connell was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on September 1, 2009. He was traded on September 6.
New York Jets
He was named a team captain for the September 20 game against the New England Patriots.
On August 31, 2010, New York would release O'Connell. Following his departure, O'Connell found that had a torn labrum in his throwing arm, an injury he sustained during the preseason. The injury will require surgery.
On August 5, 2011, O'Connell signed with the Miami Dolphins, but was waived on September 3.
Second stint with the Jets
O'Connell was claimed off waivers by the Jets on September 4, 2011.
San Diego Chargers
O'Connell was signed by the San Diego Chargers on July 29, 2012 to serve as an emergency back-up in the Chargers' practices with Charlie Whitehurst suffering an injury and Kyle Boller announcing his retirement from the league. He was released on August 12, 2012.
- SDSU Aztecs Biography for Kevin O'Connell
- Gasper, Christopher L. (2008-09-28). "O'Connell Could be Ready in a Snap". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- Canepa, Nick (2008-02-12). "O'Connell's Shot at NFL Looks Legit". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- Schrotenboer, Brent (2007-11-29). "Offensive Evolution Under Long Has Come to Pass for the Aztecs". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- "Kevin O'Connell Shines in Hula Bowl". Associated Press. 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
- Kowalski, Tom (February 22, 2010). "Lions have seven picks in upcoming draft". MLive.com. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
- Florio, Mike (September 20, 2009). "Kevin O'Connell, team captain?". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
- Cimini, Rich (August 31, 2010). "Jets cut QB Kevin O'Connell". ESPN New York. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
- Star-Ledger Staff (September 3, 2010). "Jets lose confidence in rookie running back Joe McKnight". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
- Star-Ledger Staff (September 8, 2010). "Jets re-sign Kevin O'Connel". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
- Mehta, Manish (July 29, 2011). "Jets release backup QB Mark Brunell, still waiting on Nnamdi Asomugha". New York Daily News (Mortimer Zuckerman). Archived from the original on July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
- Vrentas, Jenny (4 September 2011). "Jets awarded four players off waivers, including QB Kevin O'Connell; cut Aaron Maybin". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- Bair, Scott (29 July 2012). "Chargers Notes: Former LCC, Aztecs QB O'Connell signed as emergency fill-in". North County Times. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.