Overview: Second leading passer in NCAA history with 13,484 career passing yards, breaking school and ACC records ... Set NCAA record with 51 career starts at quarterback ... also finished second in NCAA history with 13,582 career yards of total offense, breaking school and ACC records ... Tied for fifth in NCAA history with 95 career touchdown passes, breaking school and ACC records ... also broke school and conference records for career passing attempts (1,710), pass completions (1,147), touchdown responsiblity (112), 300-yard passing games (18) and 400-yard passing games (7) ... started all 51 games of his four years and threw for at least 100 yards in every single game ... posted a 34-17 career record at quarterback ... first QB in ACC history, and the seventh in the history of the NCAA, to throw for 3,000 yards in three different seasons ... completed 110-161 passes in four bowl games for 1,202 yards, 10 TDs, 3 interceptions and rushed for 65 yards ... jersey number 17 was retired before last home game, Nov. 22, 2003 against Maryland ... graduated Dec. 18, 2003 with a degree in business ... A first round draft choice selected by the New York Giants with the fourth pick of the 2004 NFL Draft and was traded to the San Diego Chargers minutes later.
In 2003: A finalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, Johnny Unitas Award, the Hossman Trophy and for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... Finished seventh in the Heisman voting ... A unanimous choice for ACC Player-of-the-Year, he was also a unanimous first-team all-conference choice and was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year as well ... The national leader in completion percentage (.720) and passing efficiency (170.49) ... Finished the year ranked second nationally in passing yards (4,491) and total offense (353.85/game), third in pass completions (348) and completions per game (26.77), sixth in passing TDs (34) and ninth in points responsible for (17.38) ... Led the ACC in every passing and total offense category ... Set the ACC single season records for total offense (4,600), total offense per game, touchdown responsibility (37), passing yards, TD passes, completion percentage, pass completions and pass attempts ... Had thrown 124 straight passes without an interception before getting picked off the in first quarter versus UConn ... Posted the best completion percentage of his career (87%) vs. Western Carolina, he was named the ACC's Offensive Back of the Week for that game and versus Ohio State ... Also won ACC Player of the Week honors against Virginia, when he opened the game by completing his first 17 passes and ended up going 29-34 for 410 yards and four TDs ... Set a school record with 38 completions against Wake Forest, his 443 yards of total offense in that contest is the second-highest single-game mark in school history ... Closed his career with a remarkable performance against Kansas in the Tangerine Bowl, hitting 37-of-45 passes for a career-high 475 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions and rushing for 20 yards as well, breaking school bowl game records and Tangerine Bowl records for passing yards, pass completions, TD passes, completion percentage and total offense, earning MVP honors ... Named the MVP of the 2004 Senior Bowl (Jan. 25), leading the South squad to victory with a 12-of-19 passing performance for 219 yards, no interceptions and two TDs in the first quarter plus one series of the fourth.
In 2002: Set the Wolfpack single-season record for rushing TDs by a quarterback with 10, the 10th highest total in school historyLed the nation in passing efficiency for half of the season, his current career mark of 133.79 is an NC State record ... Tied his own school record with five TD throws versus Navy, he set the record for TD responsibility with six ... Set school marks for yards per completion (30.9) and yards per attempt (20.6) versus Navy ... Named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week and the Atlanta Journal Constitution Player of the Week for his performance against New Mexico ... Named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week and the CNN/SI National Player of the Week for his performance against Navy ... A semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award ... Earned an "Award of Distinction" from the Columbus Touchdown Club following the season ... MVP of the Gator Bowl, he tallied 228 yards on 23-37 passing and threw for two touchdowns in that contest ... Completed 11 straight passes at one point in the first half ... Co-recipient of the Governor's Award, given to the team MVP ... A second-team All-ACC performer.
In 2001: The most prolific passer of any player in ACC history through their sophomore season, his 41 career touchdown throws was also the best for any rising junior in the history of the league ... Set the NC State single-season record with a 65.2% completion percentage, the best mark in the ACC for 2001 ... Broke his own Wolfpack single season mark for completions with 240, his 368 attempts for 2001 was the fourth-best mark ever by a Wolfpacker ... Passed for 2,586 yards in 2001, the fourth-best mark in school history (he now holds two of the top four marks) ... Completed 71% of his passes in the last five games of the regular season, gaining 1,109 yards and six touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions ... The Wolfpack posted a 4-1 record in those five games, losing only to ninth-ranked Maryland in the last minute ... Ranked 11th nationally in passing with 21.82 completions per game ... An honorable mention All-ACC performer in 2001 ... Ranked third in the ACC in passing yards in 2001 with 235.1 ... Chipped a bone in his big toe in the regular-season finale versus Ohio, his running was limited in December ... Came back to win Offensive MVP honors for the Wolfpack at the Tangerine Bowl, where he passed for 189 yards.
In 2000: The 2000 ACC Rookie of the Year, the third consecutive Wolfpack player to bring home that honor ... Also an Academic All-ACC performer, he posted a 3.083 GPA for the 2000 fall semester ... Set seven school records in his first season at NC State ... Set the school single season records for completions (237), passing attempts (441), touchdown responsibility (27) and touchdown passes (25) ... His 3,054 yards passing set the ACC record for a freshman and ranked second overall in NC State history ... The only player in school history to toss TD passes in nine straight games ... Named the ACC Rookie of the Week a league-record eight times.... ABC Sports Newcomer of the Year and Football News and Columbus Touchdown Club Freshman of the Year ... Ranked 12th nationally in total offense with 269.7 yards per game, the second-best mark in the ACC (only Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke had more) ... Ranked 12th nationally in passing yards (second in the ACC) and eighth in points responsible for ... Tied a school record and set an ACC freshman record for touchdown passes thrown with five against Indiana ... His 401 yards in that contest ranks sixth in school history ... Named the MVP of the 2000 Micronpc.com Bowl after throwing for 310 yards on a 24-39 passing performance.
Prep: Graduated in December of 1999 from Athens (Ala.) High School with a 3.7 GPA ... Completed 109 of 195 passes for 2,025 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior while also seeing action at free safety ... The Alabama Player of the Year ... Married his high school sweetheart, Tiffany, on May 19, 2001, the couple's first child, Halle, was born on July 6, 2002 ... Born 12/8/81.
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