|Date of birth:||January 6, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Oakland, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||218 lb (99 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 178|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
Mike Teel (born January 6, 1986) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights before he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Spent time with the Seahawks, New England Patriots, and Chicago Bears in the span of three years. After serving as the quarterbacks coach for the Kean Cougars of Kean University in 2011, he was the quarterbacks coach for Wagner College in 2012 and departed after one year.
Teel grew up in Oakland, New Jersey and attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey, where he was an all-state selection his junior and senior seasons, 2002 and 2003, and led Don Bosco to a state championship in the parochial division and a 23-0 record as a starter.
He was only rated ** by Rivals.com and was offered scholarships by Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Following high school, Teel attended Rutgers University, where he redshirted as a freshman in 2004. As a freshman in 2005, Teel saw action in eight games, completing 51 of 101 passes for 683 yards and two touchdowns. In 2006, along with Brian Leonard, Tiquan Underwood, Eric Foster, Kenny Britt, and Ray Rice, Teel led Rutgers to a 9–0 start and one of the biggest wins in school history with a victory over Louisville, then ranked #3 nationally by the Coaches' Poll. The Scarlet Knights finished with an 11–2 record as Teel tallied 2,135 passing yards and 12 touchdowns on the season.
In 2007, as a junior, Teel started 13 games, passing for 3,147 yards and 20 touchdowns. He attempted a career-high 52 passes against Connecticut on November 3, finishing the game with 343 passing yards.
Teel struggled at the outset of the 2008 campaign by throwing seven interceptions over his first six games as the Scarlet Knights stumbled to a 1–5 record, but the fifth-year senior rallied and led Rutgers to six straight wins to close out the season along with a fourth straight berth in a college bowl game. On October 25, 2008, Teel threw six touchdown passes for 362 yards against #17 Pittsburgh, a school record. He was chosen as National Player of the Week for the first time in his career. On December 4, 2008, Teel had a career night in the final home game of his college career, completing 21 of 26 passes for 447 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions as Rutgers routed Louisville 63-14. The yardage and touchdown totals were single game school records as the Scarlet Knights finished their schedule at 7–5.
Teel was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. During the 2009 preseason, Teel completed 20 of 41 passes (48.8%) for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was listed as Seattle's third quarterback for all 16 games, but did not play at all during the 2009 regular season. After the Seahawks and new head coach Pete Carroll signed J. P. Losman, Teel was waived on May 19, 2010.
New England Patriots
On May 21, 2010, Teel was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots. He was waived on June 11, 2010.
On February 6, 2012, Mike Teel was hired as Quarterbacks Coach at Wagner College. This is his first job at the NCAA Division I Level. He left Wagner after one year.
Teel returned to Kean in 2013 as quarterbacks coach.
Teel is now confirmed to join the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as a Graduate Assistant in the 2014-2015 season.
- Staff. "Oakland's Mike Teel cut by Seattle Seahawks", The Record (New Jersey), May 20, 2010. Accessed February 22, 2011. "Teel, an Oakland native, was a sixth-round draft choice of Seattle in 2009 after his record-setting career at Rutgers."
- Luicci, Tom. "Former Rutgers QB Mike Teel understands plight of Don Bosco prospect Gary Nova", The Star-Ledger, February 2, 2011. Accessed February 22, 2011. "Teel, who went 23-0 as a starter at Don Bosco and won two state titles, says there’s something people are missing completely about Nova, who went 24-0 as a starter, won two state titles and a mythical national championship."
- "New Jersey Sports Writers Association Names Mike Teel BIG EAST Player of the Year". Rutgers University. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
- Biggs, Brad (July 20, 2010). "Bears add a 4th quarterback before camp". chicagobreakingsports.com. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
- "Mike Teel". Kean University Athletics. Retrieved 2011-09-15.