Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9-1-10: #23 QB, #433/750 Overall, 2010: Yates established 37 school records at North Carolina, including career passing yards, single-season passing yards and single-season total offense. Yates led the Tar Heels to an 8-5 mark in 2010, including a 30-27 double-overtime win over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl...Yates started 44 career games at UNC and was a 2010 honorable-mention All-ACC selection. As a senior, he completed 282 of 422 attempts (66.8 pct.) for 3,418 yards and 19 touchdowns, and was second in the ACC in pass efficiency and yards per game. He became the first Tar Heel in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season...2009: Third year as the Tar Heels’ starting quarterback ... Ranks among Carolina’s career top two in passing yards (5,959), touchdowns (39), completions (513), attempts (855) and completion percentage (60.0) ... Finished the season with 2,136 yards and 14 touchdowns on 214-for-355 passing ... The 2,136 yards ranks eighth all-time on UNC’s single-season list …2008: Played in seven games and started six ... Suffered a non-displaced fracture to his left ankle against Virginia Tech and missed the next five games ... Returned to the starting line-up against NC State and started the final regular season game at Duke and the bowl game vs. West Virginia ... Passed for 1,168 yards and 11 touchdowns to just four interceptions on the season ... Completed 60 percent (81-135) of his passes …2007: Passed for a UNC single-season record 2,655 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Completed 218 of 365 passes for a 59.7 completion percentage ... Finished third in the ACC with 221.2 passing yards per game and eighth with a 123.62 efficiency rating ... Ranks fourth all-time among ACC rookie quarterbacks in passing yardage ... Also rushed for two scores.
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Draft Scout T.J. Yates News
08/29/12 - QB T.J. Yates, who entered last season as a third-stringer destined to carry the clip board all season, performed above expectations leading the Texans to the playoffs and their first postseason victory. He hasn't played as well in preseason as the coaches wanted, but they believe it's more of a case of the players around him.
08/05/12 - QB T.J. Yates says he feels a lot more comfortable during this training camp than last year when he was a fifth-round pick without the benefit of an offseason program because of the lockout. Yates was forced to play over the last six regular-season and two playoff games and played beyond expectations. Now, if he's forced into the lineup again, Yates says he feels more confident in the system and his ability to perform.
01/15/12 - QB T.J. Yates finally played like a rookie quarterback against Baltimore. He had been fortunate throwing only three interceptions in six starts, including the wild-card victory over Cincinnati. He didn't throw many touchdown passes, though. He got lucky a few times when possible interceptions were dropped or called back because of penalties. The 31-10 victory over Cincinnati was a good example. With the Texans leading 17-10, Yates should have been picked off by safety Chris Crocker, who dropped the ball. The Texans went on to score. Based on how close Yates had been to being intercepted, it shouldn't have been too surprising that he was picked off three times by the Ravens.
01/11/12 - QB T.J. Yates is 3-3 as a starter after the 31-10 wild-card victory over Cincinnati. Yates has thrown only three interceptions, none against the Bengals. If he can continue to protect the ball, the Texans should be able to keep the game close at Baltimore. Having Andre Johnson in the lineup gives him a comfort cushion knowing he can throw down the field. The Texans expect the Ravens to load up the line of scrimmage to stop the run and dare Yates to throw.
01/09/12 - QB T.J. Yates, a rookie, hasn't been confused on the road, despite noisy crowds.
"He's been pretty good," coach Gary Kubiak said about Yates handling hostile environments. "He's handled our team well. We haven't had huddle issues. We haven't had snap count issues – those type of things.
"This will be probably the ultimate test from the standpoint of the noise and being there in a playoff game, but it's our job as coaches to make sure that we're doing things that give him the best chance to get in and out of the huddle and give our guys up front the best chance. He's done his part, and I think he continues to get better and gain more confidence."