Selected by Oakland Raiders in the second round (36th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, May 9, 2014.
AT A GLANCE:
2014: Posted one of the most prolific rookie seasons in NFL history, going 348-of-599 (58.1 percent) with 3,270 passing yards, 21 TDs, 12 INTs and a passer rating of 76.6...Named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Rookie Team…Started all 16 games, becoming the first Raiders rookie and 14th NFL rookie (since 1978) to do so...Finished the season ranked second all-time in completions and attempts by a rookie...Tied (with Cam Newton) for the fifth most passing TDs by a rookie...Fourth rookie quarterback to throw at least 20 TDs with 12-or-fewer INTs in a season...(9/7) at NYJ: Became the first rookie in franchise history to start at quarterback in Week 1...Went 20-for-32 passing (62.5 percent) for 151 yards, two TDs and a passer rating of 94.7...Started the game nearly perfect, going 7-for-7 for 53 yards and one TD...Threw first career TD pass to WR Rod Streater for a 12-yard score...Passer rating of 94.7 was 12th highest in a debut for a Raiders quarterback, third highest among rookies in their debuts...(9/14) vs. Hou.: Finished with 263 yards on 27-of-43 passing (64.3 percent), one TD and two INTs...Added 58 yards on four rushing attempts (14.5 avg.), including a 41-yard run that was the second longest by a Raider quarterback since 2000...(9/28) vs. Mia.: Completed 16-of-25 passes for 146 yards, one TD and one INT before leaving the game with an injury...Added two rushing attempts for nine yards (4.5 avg.)...(10/12) vs. SD: Completed 18-of-34 passes for 282 yards, four TDs and one INT for a passer rating of 107.7, his first rating over 100 points...Four TDs are the most ever by a Raider rookie and tied for second most by a rookie in NFL history...Had two TD passes of 40-plus yards, a 47-yarder to WR Brice Butler and a 77-yard TD pass to WR Andre Holmes...(10/19) vs. Ari.: Completed 16-of-28 passes for 173 yards and was sacked once...(10/26) at Cle.: Completed 34-of-54 passes (60.7 percent) for 328 yards with one TD...Became the most prolific rookie passer in franchise history, passing QB Matt McGloin to set the records for starts, passing TDs and completions...Recorded the first 300-yard passing game by a rookie in franchise history and the first since QB Carson Palmer in 2012...(11/9) vs. Den.: Completed 30-of-47 passes for 192 yards, two TDs and two INTs...Passed Tom Flores (1960) for the most passing TDs and yards by a Raider in his first season of action...(11/20) vs. KC: Earned first NFL win with a 17-play, 80-yard game-winning drive capped off by a 9-yard TD pass to WR James Jones...Became first rookie in franchise history to record a fourth-quarter comeback or game-winning drive...(12/7) vs. SF: Finished 22-of-28 for 254 yards with three TDs and a passer rating of 140.2, earning the NFL’s Pepsi Rookie of the Week...Posted the seventh-best single-game passer rating in franchise history (min. 20 att.) and the sixth-best single-game rating by a rookie since 1960 (min. 20 att.)...Also set new career highs for completion percentage (78.6) and yards per attempt (9.1)...(12/14) at KC: Completed 27-of-56 passes (48.2 percent) for 222 yards and one TD...Set career high for attempts (57), the third most ever attempted in a single game by an NFL rookie...One of four rookie quarterbacks in history with at least two games of 50-plus attempts...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Finished 17-of-34 for 214 yards with two TDs and a passer rating of 89.6...Eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark, becoming the 13th NFL rookie and eighth different Raider (15th occurrence) to accomplish the feat...Threw his 20th TD to FB/RB Jamize Olawale for a 1-yard score, making him the eighth rookie since 1950 to throw 20 TDs...Completed two passes of 50-plus yards, one to WR Kenbrell Thompkins for 50 yards and another to WR Andre Holmes for 51 yards…Marked his sixth game with at least 30 attempts and no INTs, tying him with QB Andy Dalton for the most by a rookie...(12/28) at Den.: Completed 18-of-36 passes for 158 yards with one TD and one INT...Threw an INT on his final attempt of the season, ending a streak of 176 consecutive pass attempts without a pick.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons at Fresno State, appearing in 44 games with 39 starts…Established 27 school records and 21 Mountain West Conference records over his career…Career totals include 12,842 passing yards on 1,086-of-1,630 passing (66.7 completion percentage), 113 TDs and 24 INTs…Added 190 rushing yards on 164 carries and five TDs on the ground…Holds school records in almost every major passing category, including yards (12,482), completions (1,086) and TDs (113)…Two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the third player in league history to win the award in back-to-back seasons…Two-time All-American selection as a junior and senior…Started all 13 games as a senior, and became the fourth quarterback in FBS history to throw for over 5,000 yards and 50 TDs in a season...Named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight time and also garnered First-Team All-Mountain West honors…Led the nation in total offense (5,199), total passing yards (5,082) and passing TDs (50)…Winner of the 2013 Sammy Baugh Award, which goes to the nation’s top passer…His 50 TD passes tied for the fourth most in FBS single-season history...Established new league and school records for passing yards, attempts and TDs...Started 13 games as a junior...Named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year...Was an unanimous first-team All-MWC selection…Threw for 4,104 yards on 344-of-511 passing with 37 TDs…His 37 TD passes tied for No. 3 in the FBS…Ranked eighth nationally and first in the Mountain West with 315.7 passing yards per game…Was a three-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, three-time MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Mountain West Player of the Week and twice honored as the Manning Award quarterback of the week...Started all 13 games as a sophomore…Second-team All-WAC selection...Threw for 3,544 yards on the season, the most ever by a Bulldog sophomore...Led the WAC in passing yards…Added 26 TD passes against nine INTs and completed 62.6 percent of his passes...Redshirted as a true sophomore…Saw limited action in five games as a freshman…Completed 10-of-14 passes on the season for 112 yards…Majored in recreation administration and leisure services management.
PERSONAL: Attended Bakersfield (Calif.) Christian High School…Was rated as the 12th-best quarterback in the nation...Named the Private School National Player of the Year…Played two seasons of high school football in the Houston area before moving back to his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., the summer before his senior year...Guided his team to a 12-1 record and threw for 4,067 yards and 46 TDs as a senior, leading the team to the Division V Central Section title...Ranked third in California and 11th in the nation for high school quarterbacks in passing yards…Both brothers, Darren and David, played Division I football...David was a quarterback at Fresno State, the 2001 Johnny Unitas Award winner and the No. 1 overall NFL pick in 2002 by the Houston Texans and played in the NFL for 11 seasons...Darren was a defensive lineman at Houston.
Oakland Raiders quarterback answered questions from the media, some with tongue planted firmly in cheek, as the Raiders get set to host the Buffalo Bills.