Signed by Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, May 16, 2013.
AT A GLANCE:
CAREER: Talented quarterback enters his third season with the Raiders…Spent most of 2014 as the club’s third quarterback on the depth chart, making one appearance in relief of QB Derek Carr in Week 4…Started six games in his rookie campaign, assuming the starting role midway through the season…Set then-franchise-rookie records for games started (six), completions (118), passing yards (1,547) and passing TDs (eight) in 2013…Career totals include eight games played with six starts, 1,676 passing yards on 130-of-230 passing (56.5 percent), nine TDs, 10 INTs and a 74.5 passer rating.
2014: Spent most of the season as the Raiders’ third quarterback on the depth chart…Inactive for 12 games and did not play in three others…Made one appearance in relief of an ailing QB Derek Carr in Week 4…Finished the season with 129 yards on 12-of-19 passing (63.2 percent) with one TD and two INTs…(9/21) at NE: Dressed as the team’s backup quarterback while QB Matt Schaub was away from the team for personal reasons…Did not see game action...(9/28) vs. Mia.: Saw only action of the season in relief of an injured Carr...Completed 12 of 19 passes for 129 yards, one TD and two INTs...Threw a 22-yard TD pass to WR Andre Holmes in the fourth quarter, the ninth TD toss of his career...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Active for the first time since Week 4, but did not play...(12/28) at Den.: Did not play in the season finale.
2013: Started six games in his rookie campaign, assuming the starting role midway through the season…Threw for 1,547 yards on 118-of-211 passing with eight TDs…Made his first NFL start in Week 11 at Houston, leading the team to a 28-23 victory...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Made his NFL debut, playing in relief of QB Terrelle Pryor, completing 7-of-15 passes for 87 yards and leading the team on a TD drive...(11/17) at Hou.: Made his first career start, throwing for 197 yards and three TDs on 18-of-32 passing...Posted the team’s only three-TD performance of the season...With QB Case Keenum starting for the Texans, the game marked the second time in NFL history and first time since 1985 that two undrafted first-year quarterbacks were started against each other...Became the first undrafted rookie with three-or-more TD passes in his first NFL start since 1987...Became the second quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger to throw at least three TDs without throwing an INT in his first NFL start (Todd Marinovich, 1991)...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Was 19-of-32 for 260 yards with one TD and one INT and an 82.8 QB rating...Engineered a go-ahead drive late in the fourth quarter, connecting on a 27-yard TD pass with FB Marcel Reece to give the Raiders the lead...(11/28) at Dal.: Completed 18-of-30 passes for 255 yards and one INT and was not sacked for the second game in a row...Engineered two second-quarter TD drives to put the Raiders up 21-7...(12/8) at NYJ: Threw for 245 yards on 18-of-31 passing with two TDs and one INT...His 48-yard TD strike to WR Rod Streater was a career long...Added 20 rushing yards on two attempts...(12/15) vs. KC: Was 18-of-35 for 297 yards, with two TDs and four INTs...His 297 yards were a career high...(12/22) at SD: Threw for 206 yards on 20-of-36 passing and one INT...Threw for 53 yards on the Raiders’ second-quarter TD drive.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Penn State, completing 513-of-894 passes (57.4 percent) for 6,390 yards, 46 TDs and a quarterback rating of 130.2…Was a two-year starter from 2011-2012 after walking on in 2009…Was the first former walk-on quarterback to start at Penn State in over 60 years…Owns Penn State record for most passing TDs in a career with 46…Set single-season records in 2012 for most passing yards with 3,271 and most completions with 270…Also holds Penn State record for most career 300-yard passing games with six, most career 200-yard passing games with 17, and most consecutive 200-yard passing games with nine…Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior…Completed 270-of-446 passes (60.5 percent) for 3,271 yards and 24 TDs in 2012, while also rushing for five scores…Completed 125-of-231 passes (54.1 percent) for 1,571 yards and eight TDs in 2011…Completed 118-of-215 passes (54.9 percent) for 1,548 yards and 14 TDs in 2010…Majored in journalism.
PERSONAL: Attended West Scranton High School in Scranton, Pa. ...Earned 10 varsity letters as a three-sport standout, playing football, baseball and basketball…As a three-year starter, threw for 5,485 yards and 58 TDs, leading team to two district titles and one league title…Was a team captain…Was named all-conference, all-region and all-state…As a senior, threw for 2,445 yards and 22 TDs…Named Athlete of the Year by The Scranton Times-Tribune for 2007-08 and Athlete of the Week three times during his prep career…Scored more than 1,300 career points in basketball and was a team captain…Earned all-conference accolades on the hardwood and in baseball.