Tom Savage (American football)

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Tom Savage
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Savage with Pittsburgh in 2013
No. 3 – Houston Texans
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1990-04-26) April 26, 1990 (age 27)
Springfield, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Springfield (PA) Cardinal O'Hara
College: Rutgers / Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 135
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Passing completions: 181
Passing attempts: 315
Percentage: 57.5
TDINT: 5–7
Passing yards: 2,000
Passer rating: 72.5
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Thomas Benjamin Savage (born April 26, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers, Arizona, and Pittsburgh.

High school career[edit]

At Cardinal O'Hara High School, Savage was a member of the Lions football team for four years and started at quarterback for three. He threw for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.[1]

College career[edit]

Savage enrolled at Rutgers University in 2009, and after Rutgers opened the season with a loss to Cincinnati, he was named the starting quarterback. He led the team to a 9-4 record. During his freshman year at Rutgers, Savage passed for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns, while throwing only seven interceptions. In arguably his best game of the year, he completed 14-of-27 passes for a season-high 294 yards and two touchdowns against the University of Central Florida in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl.[2] He was named on the All-American Freshman Team by the Football Writers Association of America.[3]

In 2010, Savage threw for 521 passing yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.[4] Early in the season, he was sidelined by an injury to his hand and replaced with freshman quarterback Chas Dodd. Dodd remained the starting quarterback based on his performance against Connecticut in his first ever start. On January 8, 2011, Savage announced he would be transferring from Rutgers University.[5] Rutgers granted Savage a conditional release. In February 2011, he announced that he was transferring to Arizona. He would have had to sit out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules but would be eligible to play in 2012.[6]

Late in 2011, Savage announced that he would be leaving Arizona, a move which followed the announcement that Arizona had hired Rich Rodriguez as head coach. In June, Savage announced via his Twitter page that he would be transferring to Pittsburgh where he redshirted in 2012.[7] Savage initially wanted to play at Rutgers again; however a hardship waiver was denied by the NCAA.

On August 14, 2013, Pitt head coach Paul Chryst officially named Savage the starting quarterback for the 2013 season opener against Florida State.[8] For the season, he passed for 2,958 yards, 21 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2009 Rutgers 149 285 52.3 2,211 7.8 14 7 128.7 59 -105 -1.8 1
2010 Rutgers 43 83 51.8 521 6.3 2 3 105.3 32 -6 -0.2 0
2013 Pittsburgh 238 389 61.2 2,958 7.6 21 9 138.2 76 -208 -2.7 3
Career 430 757 56.8 5,690 7.5 37 19 131.1 167 -319 -1.9 4

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
228 lb
(103 kg)
4.97 s 1.77 s 2.92 s 4.36 s 7.33 s 27 in
(0.69 m)
8 ft 9 in
(2.67 m)
29[9]
All values from NFL Combine[10]

In the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Savage was drafted 135th overall by the Houston Texans. On May 15, 2014, he signed a four-year contract with the team. On December 14, he made his regular season debut after Ryan Fitzpatrick broke his leg against the Indianapolis Colts.[11]

On September 5, 2015, Savage was placed on injured reserve by the Texans.[12]

On December 18, 2016, Savage entered the game in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in relief of Brock Osweiler, who was benched after throwing back-to-back first half interceptions. Savage brought the team back from a 13–0 deficit and completed 23-of-36 pass attempts for 260 passing yards as he led the Texans to a 21–20 comeback win.[13]

Savage was named the starting quarterback for the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.[14] He completed 18-of-29 passes for 176 yards in the 12–10 win against the Bengals, clinching the AFC South title for the Texans.[15] In Week 17, Savage left the game in the second quarter with an apparent concussion but later returned to the game for one play; which was a kneel down at the end of the second quarter. During halftime, he was re-evaluated for a concussion and ruled out for the rest of the game.[16][17] Due to Savage's injury, Osweiler started the team's Wild Card Round playoff win against the Oakland Raiders.[18] Shortly after the game, head coach Bill O'Brien announced that Osweiler would remain the team's starter for the Divisional round playoff game.[19] Savage then cleared concussion protocol and was Osweiler's backup for the Divisional round playoff loss against the New England Patriots.[20][21]

In 2017, Savage was competing for the Texans' starting job after the team drafted Deshaun Watson in the first round. After a strong preseason, Savage was named the starter to begin the 2017 season.[22] He started the Week 1 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was benched at halftime in favor of Watson. Savage completed 7-of-13 passes for 62 yards, was sacked six times and fumbled twice, including one that was returned for a touchdown by defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.. The Texans lost by a score of 29–7.[23][24] Watson then started the next six games for the Texans. On November 2, Watson suffered a season-ending torn ACL during practice, putting Savage in line to be the starter.[25] Savage then started the team's Week 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts, where he completed 19-of-44 passes for 219 yards and his first NFL touchdown in the 20–14 loss.[26] In Week 11, Savage had his first 2 touchdown game in a 31–21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.[27] During Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans, Savage finished with 365 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception as the Texans lost 13-24. During Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers, Savage left the game late in the second quarter after suffering a concussion.[28] He was placed on injured reserve on December 23, 2017.[29] During the process, the Texans were suspected to have violated the concussion protocol policy, but were not disciplined.[30]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2014 HOU 2 0 10 19 52.6 127 6.7 0 1 51.9 6 -6 -1.0 0
2016 HOU 3 2 46 73 63.0 461 6.3 0 0 80.9 6 12 2.0 0
2017 HOU 8 7 125 223 56.1 1,412 6.3 5 6 71.4 4 2 0.5 0
Career 13 9 181 315 57.5 2,000 6.3 5 7 72.5 16 8 0.5 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Freshman QB Tom Savage ready for Rutgers opener". sports.espn.go.com. September 4, 2009. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Tom Savage Game By Game Stats 2009". espn.go.com. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Luicci, Tom. "Rutgers QB Tom Savage named to Maxwell Award watch list". nj.com. August 9, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Tom Savage Stats". espn.go.com. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "QB Tom Savage leaving Rutgers". sports.espn.go.com. January 8, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  6. ^ Gimino, Anthony. "Former Rutgers QB Tom Savage plans transfer to Arizona". content.usatoday.com. February 17, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/TSavage7/status/216678018876317697[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Hinnen, Jerry (August 14, 2013). "Pitt officially names Tom Savage starting QB". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Historical NFL Wonderlic Scores". wonderlictestsample.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tom Savage". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (May 15, 2014). "Tom Savage, Houston Texans strike four-year deal". NFL.com. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ http://houston.cbslocal.com/2015/09/05/texans-place-tom-savage-on-ir/
  13. ^ Reyes, Lorenzo (December 18, 2016). "Brock Osweiler benched by Texans, replaced by Tom Savage". USA Today. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  14. ^ Texans name Tom Savage starting QB vs. Bengals
  15. ^ Barshop, Sarah (December 25, 2016). "AFC South champion Texans still don't know what they have in Tom Savage". espn.com. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ Dougherty, Drew (January 1, 2017). "Brock Osweiler comes off bench to QB Texans". houstontexans.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  17. ^ Smith, Michael David (January 1, 2017). "Texans now say Tom Savage has a concussion after all". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  18. ^ Orr, Conor (January 3, 2017). "Brock Osweiler starting for Texans vs. Raiders". nfl.com. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Texans' O'Brien: Brock Osweiler to start next weekend". nfl.com. January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Texans' Tom Savage: Clears concussion protocol". cbssports.com. January 9, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2017. 
  21. ^ Borek, Jesse (January 13, 2017). "Savage To Serve As Texans Backup Despite Clearing Concussion Protocol". fanragsports.com. Retrieved January 15, 2017. 
  22. ^ Orr, Conor (August 22, 2017). "Bill O'Brien: Tom Savage is Texans' starting QB". NFL.com. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  23. ^ Conway, Tyler (September 10, 2017). "Deshaun Watson's 2017 Fantasy Outlook After Tom Savage Is Benched". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  24. ^ Greene, Nick (September 10, 2017). "An Ode to Texans QB Tom Savage, Who Lost His Starting Job a Few Minutes After Lunch". slate.com. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  25. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (November 2, 2017). "Texans QB Deshaun Watson tears ACL in practice". nfl.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  26. ^ Sidhu, Deepi (November 5, 2017). "Tom Savage throws TD in "frustraing" loss". Houston Texans. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  27. ^ Barshop, Sarah (November 19, 2017). "Tom Savage 'gets going' to beat Cards, keep playoff hopes alive - NFL Nation". ESPN. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  28. ^ Robertson, Dale (December 10, 2017). "49ers send Texans to sixth loss in past seven games". chron.com. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  29. ^ Williams, Charean (December 23, 2017). "Texans place Tom Savage on injured reserve". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  30. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Texans won't be disciplined for Tom Savage concussion". NFL. Retrieved December 29, 2017. 

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