T. J. Yates

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T.J. Yates
T. J. Yates 2014.jpg
Yates in 2014.
No. 13     Atlanta Falcons
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-28) May 28, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Marietta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Marietta (GA) Pope
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 152
Debuted in 2011 for the Houston Texans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Rookie of the Week, 2011
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2014
TDINT 3-7
Passing yards 1,151
QB Rating 71.0
Stats at NFL.com

Taylor Jonathan "T. J." Yates (born May 28, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.

Early years[edit]

Yates played football in youth-league football. He continued playing for his 9th grade high school team and into the 2003 season until moving his focus to basketball. Yates returned in 2005, where he played quarterback and punter for Pope High School, in the north Atlanta suburb of Marietta, where he earned Atlanta Metro First-Team All-Area honors.[1]

College career[edit]

Yates played quarterback for the North Carolina Tar Heels at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2007 to 2010. Yates currently holds the school records for total career passing yards, single-season passing yards and single-season total offense, having broken records set by predecessors Darian Durant and Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice during his time at North Carolina.[2] He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT
2006 North Carolina
Redshirt
2007 North Carolina 365 218 59.7% 2,655 14 18
2008 North Carolina 135 81 60.0% 1,168 11 4
2009 North Carolina 355 214 60.3% 2,136 14 15
2010 North Carolina 422 282 66.8% 3,418 19 9
College Totals 1,277 795 62.3% 9,377 58 46

Professional career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

Yates in training camp on August 9, 2011.

Yates was selected with the 152nd pick (fifth round) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He first saw action in a November 27, 2011 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars when quarterback Matt Leinart left the game with a collarbone injury.[3] Yates made his first career start in the next game against the Atlanta Falcons and also became the first ever former University of North Carolina quarterback to start an NFL game.[4] Yates started his second game on December 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yates completed 26-of-44 passes for 300 yards. He threw two touchdowns and one interception and led the Texans to their tenth win, clinching a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history. For his performance in the Bengals game he was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.[5][6][7][8] On January 7, 2012, Yates led the Texans to their first ever playoff win with the score of 31-10 over the Cincinnati Bengals (the same team Yates and the Texans beat to clinch their first ever playoff berth), becoming the fifth rookie quarterback to win a playoff game.[9] The game was the first playoff game in NFL history that had two rookie quarterbacks starting for their respective teams (Andy Dalton was the other rookie).[10] The Texans eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round.

Yates began the 2012 season second on the depth chart, behind quarterback Matt Schaub, but ahead of John Beck and undrafted rookie Case Keenum. Yates replaced Schaub against the St. Louis Rams during the 2013 season, throwing two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.[11] Yates ended 2013 completing 15 of 22 passes for 113 yards and 2 interceptions,[12] while also being third on the depth chart behind Schaub and Keenum.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On June 18, 2014, Yates was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in return for linebacker Akeem Dent.[13]

Regular season statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Played Games Started Attempts Completions Completion % Yards TDs INT Carries Yards Avg TD FUM FUM Lost Rating
2011 Houston Texans 6 5 134 82 61.2% 949 3 3 14 57 4.1 0 5 3 80.7
2012 Houston Texans 4 0 10 4 40% 38 0 1 2 -1 -.5 1 2 1 11.7
2013 Houston Texans 3 0 22 15 68.2% 113 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 42.4
Professional Totals 13 5 166 101 60.8% 1,100 3 6 17 56 3.3 1 8 4 71.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Player Bio: TJ Yates, Tarheelblue.com.
  2. ^ Yates Selected To NFLPA All-Star Game, TarHeelBlue.com, 18 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Matt Leinart done for season". ESPN. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Chris Vivlamore, "T.J. Yates makes quick rise to Texans starter", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 1, 2011.
  5. ^ YATES VOTED PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK, Cypress (TX) Times, December 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Yates voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, Houston Texans, December 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Texans' Yates wins NFL Rookie of the Week honors, NFL.com, December 16, 2011.
  8. ^ Rookie QB T.J. Yates rock solid in first 2 NFL starts for Houston Texans, Associated Press, December 16, 2011.
  9. ^ Duncan, Chris. Texans Win First Playoff Game, 31-10 Over Bengals, ABC News/Associated Press, January 7, 2011.
  10. ^ Rookie Quarterbacks to win playoff games. January 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Farrar, Doug (October 13, 2013). "T.J. Yates replaces injured Matt Schaub, throws a pick-six of his own for reeling Texans". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "T.J. Yates, QB for the Houston Texans". National Football League. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Falcons acquire QB Yates from Texans". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 18, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

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