- Matt Schaub
Schaub with the Texans in 2010
No. 8 Houston Texans Quarterback Personal information Date of birth: June 25, 1981 Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 241 lb (109 kg) Career information College: Virginia NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 90 Debuted in 2004 for the Atlanta Falcons Career history Roster status: Active Career highlights and awards Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2011 TD–INT 98-58 Passing yards 17,936 QB Rating 92.2 Stats at NFL.com
Matthew Rutledge Schaub (born June 25, 1981) is the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.
Schaub enrolled at Virginia in the fall of 1999 and redshirted his true freshman season. In 2000, starter Dan Ellis missed some time due to injury, but fellow redshirt freshman Bryson Spinner received the bulk of playing time in relief. After the 2000 season, coach George Welsh retired and was replaced by Al Groh. Schaub was the starter for the first game of the 2001 season at Wisconsin. Over the 2001 season, Schaub and Spinner split quarterbacking duties nearly evenly. The two alternated in some games, while in others either Schaub or Spinner received nearly all the snaps. The two quarterback system worked relatively well with both effectively passing the ball to receiver Billy McMullen, the team's leading offensive threat.
Spinner transferred to the University of Richmond for the 2002 season, seemingly making Schaub the unquestioned starter. However, Schaub was briefly replaced by redshirt freshman Marques Hagans in the first game of the 2002 season against Colorado State University. Hagans was named the starter for the next game, against Florida State University, but was replaced by Schaub who went on to his breakout season. Schaub was the 2002 ACC Player of the Year, 2002 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) as a senior. Publicized in the 2003 preseason as a Heisman candidate, Schaub suffered a shoulder injury in the first game of the season and did not return for several games; therefore his overall numbers declined in his senior season. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl and was twice selected to the All-ACC Academic Football Team. His University of Virginia awards included the John Acree Memorial Trophy, given to the football player with the highest qualities of leadership and unselfish service, and the Ben Wilson Award as the team’s most outstanding offensive player.
Matt Schaub finished his college career with at least 22 school records. He played in a record 40 games at the quarterback position and finished his career as one of the most accurate passers in Atlantic Coast Conference history (.670 career completion percentage). His Virginia statistics included school career records for yards passing (7502), touchdown passes (56), completions (716), attempts (1069), completion percentage (.670), 300-yard games (8), and 200-yard games (20).
In 2004, Matt Schaub played QB in 6 games with the Atlanta Falcons, including starting the NFL week sixteen contest against the New Orleans Saints. Schaub was the holder on extra points and field goals.
In 2005, Schaub was named the Most Valuable Player in the American Bowl preseason game in Tokyo, Japan. In front of 45,203 fans at the Tokyo Dome, Schaub completed 11 of 13 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts. During the regular season he played QB in 5 games, starting one. His lone start came against the New England Patriots in week 5; Schaub threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns in the 31-28 loss. Schaub was the holder on extra points and field goals.
In 2006, Schaub again was the holder on extra points and field goals. The Falcons traded him to the Houston Texans in March 2007.
In March 2007, the Houston Texans acquired Schaub from the Falcons for second round picks in 2007 and 2008. As part of the deal, the teams also swapped first round picks in 2007, exchanging the Falcons' 10th pick with the Texans' 8th pick. Schaub was introduced to his new team at a press conference on March 22, 2007, and the same day, the Texans released David Carr, opening the door for Schaub to become their long-term starter.
In each of the first two games of the 2007 season, Schaub threw for over 220 yards, a 71% completion percentage, and attained a quarterback rating of over 100; both games were victories for the Texans, winning 20-3 over the Kansas City Chiefs and 34-21 over the Carolina Panthers. The second victory marked the first 2–0 start in franchise history. In week four, he started against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, in which he completed 28 of 40 attempts, with 317 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions in what would be his second loss of the 2007 season.
Though Schaub was plagued with injuries throughout the 2007 season, he and backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels improved on the team's 2006 record of 6–10, bringing the Texans to their first .500 season with an 8–8 record which is also a first in the team's short history.
Schaub returned as the starter for the 2008 season. He played poorly in the first two games, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans but then had a great game against the Jacksonville Jaguars despite another loss. He sat out the week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. In week 6, Schaub set the Texans franchise record for passing yards with 379 in a comeback win against the Miami Dolphins in which Schaub scored the winning TD on a QB draw with 3 seconds left. Schaub helped teammate wide receiver Andre Johnson lead the league in both receptions and receiving yards through week 8 of the season, having 56 catches for 772 yards. The new quarterback-receiver tandem had their best day together through midseason during the week 8 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals where Schaub threw for 280 yards, completing over 85% of his passes (24 of 28), 10 of those going to Johnson for 143 yards in the 35-6 rout. Schaub's season was broken up however with a knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings, which expected to keep him out for around 4 weeks, making Sage Rosenfels the new starter.
Against the Green Bay Packers, Schaub completed 28 of 42 pass attempts for 414 yards and 2 touchdowns, also leading the Texans down the field to set up a Kris Brown game winning field goal. He played well down the stretch and the team finished 8-8 despite starting 0-4.
During the 2009 NFL season, Schaub led the Texans to a 9-7 record, the first winning record in team history. He led the league in passing yards (4,770), completions (396), yards per game (298) and passing attempts (583), while finishing fifth in touchdowns (29), compiling a quarterback rating of 98.6. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl as an injury replacement to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winning MVP honors.
There were high hopes for the Texans with the league's leading passer (in yards) coming back for the 2010 year, but with the development of the running game, Matt Schaub was only 9/17 for 107 yards for a touchdown and an interception in a Week 1 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. Hopes for strong start to the season were rejuvenated when Matt Schaub threw for 497 yards in an overtime victory over the Washington Redskins on September 19, 2010. Schaub would finish the season with 4370 passing yards, good for 4th in the league, but the team would finish 6-10 and miss the playoffs.
Season Team G GS Comp Att Pct. Yds Avg TD Int Sck Sck Yrds Rate 2004 Falcons 6 1 33 70 47.1 330 4.7 1 4 4 14 42.0 2005 Falcons 16 1 33 64 51.6 495 7.7 4 0 6 27 98.1 2006 Falcons 16 0 18 27 66.7 208 7.7 1 2 2 8 71.2 2007 Texans 11 11 192 289 66.4 2,241 7.8 9 9 16 126 87.2 2008 Texans 11 11 251 380 66.1 3,043 8.0 15 10 23 149 92.7 2009 Texans 16 16 396 583 67.9 4,770 8.2 29 15 25 149 98.6 2010 Texans 16 16 365 574 63.6 4,370 7.6 24 12 32 226 92.0 TOTAL 92 52 1,288 1987 64.8 15,457 7.8 83 52 108 699 91.5
- List of NFL quarterbacks who have passed for 400 or more yards in a game
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- ^ Pasquarelli, Len (2007-03-22). "Falcons agree to deal backup QB Schaub to Houston". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2807051. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- ^ AP (2007-03-22). "Texans introduce Schaub". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2007-03-25. http://web.archive.org/web/20070325203225/http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/03/22/bc.fbn.texans.schaub.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
- ^ AP (2007-09-15). "Schaub's TDs lead Texans to first 2-0 start in team history". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=270916029. Retrieved 2007-09-18.
- ^ NFL Game Center: Post Game - Houston Texans at Atlanta Falcons - 2007 Week 4 NFL
- ^ He was a Pro Bowl starter. "Offenses light up soggy Pro Bowl scoreboard as AFC comes out on top". ESPN. 2010-01-31. http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=300131031. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
- ^ Foster leads Texans to 34-24 win
Sporting positions Preceded by
Dan Ellis (starter in 2000)
Bryson Spinner (split duty in 2001)
Virginia Cavaliers Quarterback
Houston Texans Starting Quarterbacks
Awards Preceded by
NFL Pro Bowl MVP
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