Alex Tanney

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Alex Tanney
No. 11 Tennessee Titans
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-11) November 11, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Lexington, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Lexington (IL)
College: Monmouth
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Pass completions: 10
Pass attempts: 14
Percentage: 71.4
TDINT: 1–0
Passing yards: 99
Passer rating: 114.9
Player stats at NFL.com

Alex Tanney (born November 11, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Monmouth in Monmouth, Illinois.

Early life[edit]

Tanney was a three-sport high school standout athlete at Lexington High School in Lexington, Illinois. He was a two time first team Illinois All-State quarterback and led his team to the IHSA state semi-finals his senior year, and he holds nearly every football passing record at LHS. He was also named an All-State basketball player and is the all time leading point scorer in Lexington High School history. In addition to his football career, Tanney also placed at the IHSA State Track and Field Finals his junior and senior years.

College[edit]

Tanney broke nearly every school record during his time at Monmouth. His career began in 2007 when he threw for 2,678 yards and 24 TDs. In his sophomore season in 2008, Tanney broke the Monmouth record of single season TD passes with 50. For his junior campaign, Tanney threw for 3,856 yards and 44 TDs which led him to be named the Melberger Award winner as D-III's top player. After redshirting the 2010 season with an injury, he came back in 2011 and threw for a career high 3,867 yards along with 38 TDs. He won three Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year Awards in his college career along with numerous All-American Awards.

In 2011 a quarterback trick shot video highlighting Tanney's talent went viral. Subsequently in July 2011, History Channel’s Stan Lee’s Superhumans filmed an episode featuring Tanney. The episode featured Tanney's "super-human" throwing accuracy.[1]

On October 29, 2011, in a game against Carroll University, Tanney set the NCAA record for all-time all-division career touchdown passes with 150, surpassing Jimmy Terwilliger's record of 148. Tanney finished his collegiate career with 157 touchdown passes and also holds the D-III record for most passing yards in a career with 14,249.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On July 21, 2013, the Cowboys signed Tanney to their roster.[2] On August 4, 2013, Tanney played the entire second half of the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. In five 2013 preseason games (including the August 29 finale against the Houston Texans, in which he played all but one series) Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. Tanney was released by the Cowboys on August 30, 2013.[3] After clearing waivers, Tanney was assigned to the Cowboys' eight-player practice squad.[4]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On November 26, 2013, the Cleveland Browns signed Tanney off the Cowboys' practice squad.[5] On May 12, 2014, the Browns released Tanney.[6]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Tanney was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 20, 2014.[7] The Buccaneers released Tanney on August 24, 2014.[8]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Tanney was signed to the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans on December 16, 2014.[9] He signed a futures contract with the Titans on December 29, 2014.[10] The Titans released Tanney on September 5, 2015.[11]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Tanney was signed to the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills on September 7, 2015.[12] Tanney was dropped from the practice squad a day later, after the team re-signed Matt Cassel.[13][14]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Tanney signed to the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts on September 29, 2015.[15] He was released on October 20, 2015.[16] Tanney re-signed to the practice squad on November 10, 2015.[17]

Tennessee Titans (second stint)[edit]

On December 21, 2015, Tanney was signed off the Colts practice squad by the Tennessee Titans.[18] He relieved Zach Mettenberger to make his NFL regular-season debut against the Colts on January 3, 2016, going 10-for-14 for 99 yards and throwing his first career touchdown pass, to Dorial Green-Beckham.[19] On September 13, 2016, he was waived by the Titans and was re-signed to their practice squad the next day.[20]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Award/Honor Year(s)
College
NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes (157) 2011
NCAA Division III record for passing yards (14,249) 2011
Associated Press Little All-American 2011
AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American 2011
D3football.com All-West Region 2008,2009, 2011
D3football.com All-American 2009, 2011
Melberger Award Trophy 2009
Offensive Player of the Year in the Midwest Conference[21] 2008, 2009, 2011
High school
All-Time record for pass-completions (Illinois)[22] 2006
Third all-time for most pass completions, season (Illinois)[22] 2006
Illinois All-State 2005, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frey, Aaron (2011-07-23). "Fighting Scots QB Tanney to be featured on History Channel". Galesburg.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  2. ^ Jay Ratliff on Cowboys' PUP list; Demetress Bell signs, NFL.com, Retrieved July 21, 2013
  3. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/82798/cowboys-to-waive-qb-alex-tanney
  4. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4713955/cowboys-practice-squad-set
  5. ^ George, Brandon (2013-11-26). "Cleveland Browns sign QB Alex Tanney from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad". Sports Day. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  6. ^ Jones, Ross (2014-05-12). "Browns release Vince Young 11 days after signing free agent deal". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  7. ^ Tidcombe, Matt (2014-05-20). "Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Alex Tanney and Cameron Brate". The Pewter Plank. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  8. ^ Philipse, Sander (2014-08-24). "NFL Roster Cuts 2014: Buccaneers release Eric Page, Tommy Streeter, 10 more". Bucs Nation. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  9. ^ Morris, Jimmy (2014-12-16). "Titans sign TE Matthew Mulligan; Place Brett Brackett on IR". Music City Miracles. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  10. ^ "Titans Sign Eight Players to Futures Contracts". Tennessee Titans. 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  11. ^ Wolf, Jason (2015-09-05). "Titans release Hakeem Nicks, 8 others". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  12. ^ Rodak, Mike (2015-09-07). "IK Enemkpali, QB Alex Tanney among Bills' practice squad additions". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  13. ^ Brown, Chris (2015-09-08). "Matt Cassel re-signs with Bills". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  14. ^ Buscaglia, Joe (2015-09-08). "Joe B: 5 Bills practice notes from September 8". WKBW Buffalo. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  15. ^ McCormick, Terry (2015-09-29). "Colts sign quarterback Tanney to practice squad". 247Sports. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  16. ^ Jackson, Zac (2015-10-20). "Colts sign CB Tony Carter". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  17. ^ Lewis, Derek (2015-11-10). "Colts re-sign quarterback Alex Tanney to practice squad". 247Sports. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  18. ^ John Glennon (December 22, 2015). "Titans sign QB Alex Tanney, place Mike Martin on IR". The Tennesseean. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  19. ^ Jim Wyatt (January 3, 2016). "Titans Fall Short at Indy in Season Finale". TitansOnline.com. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  20. ^ Wyatt, Jim. "Titans Re-Sign CB Cody Riggs, Waive QB Alex Tanney". TitansOnline.com. 
  21. ^ Midwest Conference Football Newsletter - Nov 20, 2008
  22. ^ a b Illinois High School Association Boys Football Records History - Individual Passing & Receiving

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