Monday, February 8, 2016

Former Rutgers quarterback selected by Texans

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage, a product of Cardinal O'Hara High, was selected Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL draft, with the No. 135 overall choice, by the Houston Texans.

Last season for the Panthers, Savage, who was the seventh QB taken in the draft, completed 239 of 389 passes (61.2 percent) for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns, with nine interceptions.

The 24-year-old from Springfield, Delaware County, started his collegiate career at Rutgers, switched to Arizona, and then finally landed at Pittsburgh.

Starting as true freshman at Rutgers, he threw for 2,211 yards and 14 TDs while directing the Scarlet Knights to a 9-4 record. After an injury-plagued sophomore season, when he lost the starting job after four starts, he opted to transfer to Arizona.

More coverage
  • Get the latest local sports news with the Philly Sports Now app
  • Latest college football rankings
  • Latest college sports videos
  • SHOP: Collegiate Sportswear & Merchandise
  • Savage sat out the next season per NCAA rules. When Arizona fired Mike Stoops after a 1-5 start in 2011 and replaced him with Rich Rodriguez , who employs a spread offense not fitting Savage's playing style, he decided to transfer again. That mean another year on the sidelines.

    Last fall, in his final year of eligibility, Savage led Pittsburgh to a 7-6 record. In Week 3 against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Duke, he connected on 23 of 33 throws for 424 yards and six scores, tying an ACC record, in a wild 58-55 victory.

    At O'Hara, where his junior season was cut short due to a foot injury, Savage threw for 3,900 career yards. He was a U.S. Army All-American and Big 33 Football Classic selection.

    We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
    Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

    Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

    Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

    Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

    Read 0 comments
    comments powered by Disqus
    Latest Videos:
    Also on
    letter icon Newsletter